Jeffrey D. Allred, Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Utah Attorney General John Swallow

A recent Deseret News editorial reserves judgment on John Swallow, who, as deputy attorney general, may have facilitated some type of lobbying effort on behalf of a friend in trouble ("Jumping to conclusions," Jan. 17).

The "common sense" suggests that lobbying is "legal and expensive," but how exactly does one lobby a law enforcement body? Also, beyond the legalities as to whether Swallow's transgressions reach the felonious levels of former Utah party chair and congresswoman Enid Greene Mickelsen, why should I have any confidence in our new AG's judgment and propriety?

Absolute power may be convenient, but it is invariably corrupt.

Ken Shaw

Salt Lake City