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  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Sept. 17, 2013 4:30 p.m.

    You seems so obsessed with the CA resort.

    I think Sim Gill knows about the CA resort. Obviously it wasn't "illegal" or Gill would be charging him by now, and the Feds would have charged him. Neither has happened.

    It's not illegal to go to a CA resort and meet with somebody (even if they are under investigation).

    And keep in mind this meeting happened before he was AG. He was a practicing attorney, meeting with a person who needed advice. It's not "illegal".

    And you seem so upset that the trip wasn't paid for by the AGs office. Must the AGs office pay for all travel Swallow did before becoming the AG? I personally would be more upset IF the AGs office HAD paid for him to go stay at a resort on non-AG business. Why would you EXPECT the AGs office to pay for his trip? It obviously wasn't official AG business. AGs office paying for this trip would be a scandal if you ask me.

    People who may (or may not) become AG in the future, ARE allowed to travel to CA, and meet with people.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Sept. 17, 2013 2:43 p.m.

    Someone please answer these simple questions. Did Shurtleff and Swallow go to the CA resort? Who paid for it? Who did they visit? If they went, and visited someone under investigation, and it wasn't paid by the AG's office or these guys personally, then there is a huge problem which only scratches the surface. All the rationalization in the world doesn't change that fact.

  • Irony Guy Bountiful, Utah
    Sept. 17, 2013 2:34 p.m.

    Maybe Sim Gill is doing his job. Did that occur to the letter writer?

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Sept. 17, 2013 2:16 p.m.

    How long does it take for Sim Gill to decide IF a law was broken?

    It didn't take him THIS long to decide to drop cases on Drug Dealers we had tons of evidence on... just because one piece of evidence was questionable.

    Seems like if after all this time he hasn't found a single crime to charge Swallow with... he's probably never going to find a chargeable and provable offense he would be willing to take to trial.

    This is all about politics (not the law). IF a law was broken and he could prove it... it would take him about 5 days to file charges. But he hasn't. Why?

    There will probably never be charges in this case, but keeping it unresolved and in the media's eye and up to the Democrat posters to lambaste him online... the longer it stays in limbo the better.

    I say if you have evidence Sim Gill... Then CHARGE HIM!

    If not... then clear him (like the Feds did).

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Sept. 17, 2013 1:51 p.m.

    3rd try...

    Google up the writer.
    ABCnews 4
    July 12, 2013

    You'll find someone with an axe to grind, score to settle, and political favor to ask.

  • procuradorfiscal Tooele, UT
    Sept. 17, 2013 1:51 p.m.

    Re: "You only call out Sim Gill for what you claim is a 'political motivation' . . . ."

    No one's seriously suggesting Sim Gill is NOT motivated primarily by the political advantage he hopes to gain by his actions, are they? Of course Gill is motivated by politics. So are Shurleff and Swallow. And Troy Rawlins. They're all politicians.

    Even Mr. Fink, appears to be leaning in a particular political direction.

    The real question here is whether Gill is needlessly extending this expensive investigation for political reasons.

    He really ought to speak to us about that. He's never been shy about grandstanding other political issues -- why this one?

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Sept. 17, 2013 10:41 a.m.

    If Sim Gill thinks a law was broken... he needs to tell us what "law" was broken and charge Swallow so he can have the trial guaranteed him by our Constitution.

    If no "crime" was committed (and stupidity and greed are not a crime yet)... then they need to admit that they don't have anything they can charge Swallow with (like the Feds did).

    Just dragging it out in the media without any official charges does not serve justice. Gill needs to decide what law was broken and decide if his office thinks they can successfully prosecute it. He needs to do that. The sooner the better. What's he waiting for?

    He's dismissed cases with actual criminal charges before to make a point. If he doesn't even know what to charge Swallow with yet... what are the chances he's going to get a conviction? Not very good.

    But that doesn't mean we can't vote him out next chance we get. No conviction needed for that.

  • FreedomFighter41 Provo, UT
    Sept. 17, 2013 8:05 a.m.

    This is Jonathan Fink's second letter in 2 months criticizing Gill and defending Swallow.

    I think this "political grab" that Mr. Fink is accusing Gill of is something that he himself is attempting. What is Mr. Fink's obsession with Mr. Gill? What does Mr. Fink have to gain by his incessant criticizing of Gill and defending of Swallow?

    "As responsible citizens, we owe our community an obligation to hold him accountable."

    Yes. Which is exactly what we are doing to Mr. Swallow. Rather than look at Mr. Gill as a villain, why not look at him as a responsible instrument in the hands of responsible citizens who merely want to hold their AG accountable.

    If Mr. Swallow is innocent he will be cleared.

    There's really no need to criticize Mr. Gill for doing his job. He is merely looking out for responsible citizens who want Republicans (and not just Democrats) to be held accountable in this state.
    Folks like Mr. Fink seem to desire that all the rules and laws apply to everyone but Republicans.

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    Sept. 17, 2013 7:41 a.m.

    Ummmmmmm... Maybe because federal investigators investigated Swallow for breaking federal laws and Gill is investigating to see if he broke state laws?

    Pretty simple!

    So why no mention of the Davis County DA who is also investigating Swallow? Why are some supportive of Swallow no matter what?

    I'm sure this has NOTHING to do with politics... Right?

    I'm sure this letter writer was appalled at the chairman of the GOP in SL County and his racist comments about Gill's upbringing in India, right?

  • Shaun Sandy, UT
    Sept. 17, 2013 7:10 a.m.

    Gill is investigating state laws that may have been broken. The Feds only investigate federal laws that may have been broken.

  • isrred South Jordan, UT
    Sept. 17, 2013 7:06 a.m.

    "The Feds have closed their investigation without action. "
    You do realize that just because he may not have violated Federal laws, he could have violated state laws, right?

    The Davis County district attorney is also investigating Swallow, why do you not mention your complaints about that here?

    The Utah State Legislature voted to create a committee to investigate Swallow outside the Federal investigation, why do you not complain about that here?

    You only call out Sim Gill for what you claim is a "political motivation" but your letter is the one that is clearly politically motivated.

  • Noodlekaboodle Poplar Grove, UT
    Sept. 17, 2013 7:02 a.m.

    So why no mention of Troy Rawlins? The investigation the letter writer is speaking of is a joint investigation between the Davis County and Salt Lake County district attorney's office. The only difference is that Mr. Rawlins is a republican. Weird that he was never mentioned.