Criminal charges — Ex-A.G.s Swallow, Shurtleff accepted bribes, destroyed evidence

The 2 former Utah top cops face 23 felonies, misdemeanors between them

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  • Bob Pomeroy Bisbee, AZ
    July 19, 2014 11:41 p.m.

    There is a tremendous downside to this prosecution, if they are acquitted. If so, they will be cleansed of their sins and their constituents inflated with joy. The prosecutor will be thrust into outer darkness, and the pendulum will reverse course. We'll have to trust jury.

  • aceroinox Farmington, UT
    July 18, 2014 4:59 a.m.

    I am all for "innocent until proven guilty," but there have been so many instances of brazen arrogance of these two that I have no problem celebrating a little. One example: the amazing coincidence of every single electronic device belonging to Mr. Swallow somehow mysteriously wiping themselves clean of any documents or email from the time period in question...he knows that every sentient Utahn, whether digital-savvy or not, recognizes the impossibility of that happening, and he couldn't care less.

    The two of them have been thumbing their noses at the citizenry for a long time by making a mockery if the judicial process. I agree with others that some of blame here lies with others, both in the AG's office and in GOP leadership who had to have known things were amiss and were complicit, or kept silent. I began lobbying for Shurtleff's replacement in 2004, but was repeatedly told by GOP leaders what a faithful and valuable asset he was to the party. With "assets" like that, who needs liabilities?

  • JackThompson Miami, FL
    July 16, 2014 4:09 p.m.

    I had the displeasure of dealing with Mr. Shurtleff when he was AG and I was in Utah helping get overwhelmingly passed by both houses of the Utah legislature a bill that would have helped keep adult-rated, pornographic, hyperviolent games like Grand Theft Auto out of the hands of minors.

    Mr. Family Values Shurtleff stabbed us in the back and persuaded Gov. Huntsman to veto this constitutional bill. Mr. Shurtleff had strong ties (you figure it out) to the video game industry. This indictment does not surprise anyone who went through the video game issue with him.

    We shall all see where this leads. I have a pretty good idea where it leads.

  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    July 16, 2014 11:15 a.m.

    I guess it's hard for me to wrap my head around that audio tape of Jeremy Johnson with John Swallow at some Krispy Kreme (at least Johnson ordered some donuts). Talk about bribes, on-line poker, pay-day loan guys, deleting e-mails, buying untraceable phones at Wal-Mart...It's sort of unsettling...

    Whether charges on these two go anywhere or not, the fact that this conversation occurred and what was said, should have everyone concerned.

  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    July 16, 2014 11:07 a.m.

    Where have you gone Ms. Jan Graham, our state turns its lonely eyes to you...

  • John Locke Ivins, , UT
    July 16, 2014 8:52 a.m.

    Enter the less educated people, you know, the ones who buy popsicles from the street vendor...We do have a two party system...In Utah, we stick to our principles. We don't have a "let's try this on to see how it works," attitude about law. We have a "if it works, don't mess with it," attitude. The voting populace is smart enough to discern between idealism and reality.

    With regard to these two, Utah voters do not like corruption or crimes committed by their elected or appointed officials, and, they will have their day in court, that is, if Governor Herbert hasn't convicted them already. And justice will be meted out.

    Now, about the "other" party in Washington, how many of them have been arrested? How many have committed indictable crimes? Holder has his marching orders, and he hasn't been out of step, yet. Yeah, that's what we need, more least at the state of Utah level, we know what is right and what is wrong, regardless of party...we don't cheer at the other party's imbecility, just confirm our beliefs that right is right, and wrong is wrong.

  • NeilT Clearfield, UT
    July 16, 2014 12:27 a.m.

    Did they really need to go to their residence and arrest them. They both would have voluntarily turned themselves in through their legal counsel. The charges are serious, however they did not involve violence or any threat to public safety. I voted for Reyes and then crossed over and voted Democrat in the general election. I had a feeling that Swallow was not ethical.

  • Lia Sandy, UT
    July 15, 2014 7:35 p.m.

    Hilarious that a conservative utah republican would accuse a polar opposite of politically motivated activity.
    They manipulate everything...from shifting districts to their benefit, to buying favors and votes. Nice.

  • ToppJob Corte Madera, CA
    July 15, 2014 7:18 p.m.

    Utah's local politics surely makes Pat Bagley's creative job at the Salt Lake Trib easy. And now Swallow and Shurtleff the states former head of justice.

  • ToppJob Corte Madera, CA
    July 15, 2014 7:13 p.m.

    The local politics in Utah surely provide easy assignments for Pat Bagley at the Trib. And now Shurtleff and Swallow the states former law authority.

  • A Scientist Provo, UT
    July 15, 2014 7:06 p.m.

    I have met and talked with Shurtleff several times. He is as nice a guy as anyone I know at Church. He is not a malicious kind of character. I believe him when he says he did not intentionally violate any ethical standards.

    But that in itself is a problem. As the highest ranking law enforcement authority in the State, his job was to know the law and it's ethical core better than anyone else! In that, he clearly failed, and the Court will determine whether his failure reached criminal levels or not.

    There is a culture in Utah where many people think in terms of "insiders" and "outsiders", and they play favorites with the insiders, fudging on technical and legal details to benefit one another. This is what Shurtleff was doing, playing fast and loose with the law, ethics, and propriety, all in the name of getting along with other "insiders".

    Hopefully, this will be a wake up call to the entire State.

  • let's roll LEHI, UT
    July 15, 2014 6:39 p.m.

    I'm more than willing to give Mr. Shurtliff and Mr. Swallow the presumption of innocence until the legal process concludes.

    By the same token, Mr. Shurtliff shouldn't expect me, or anyone else, to give any credence to his attempts to ascribe any political or untoward motivation to the charges until the legal process concludes.

  • Utefan60 Salt Lake City, UT
    July 15, 2014 6:25 p.m.

    I have missed Jan Graham for several years now. She was ethical. We all had a good laugh at the Eagle Forum when she helped start the Beagle Forum, to counter with humor that groups incessant demands and false accusations. Has not been as fun under these two. We sure need to have a two party state someday.

  • hanfrina Buffalo, NY
    July 15, 2014 6:05 p.m.

    ... Interesting that no political party affiliation is mentioned anywhere in the article.

    - When I earned a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism from BYU in '73, our Associated Press style book always said to included an identifier, such as (R) for Republican or (D) for Democrat. (I) for Independent wasn't used then.

    ... Can any one on the Editorial staff at thee "Deseret News" shed some light on this? Thanks.

  • rickdoctor Chandler, AZ
    July 15, 2014 5:16 p.m.

    facts are facts -- I agree with the comment that other people KNEW there were improper things going on and DID NOTHING -- they may never be 'criminals' in our system, but it is the same to me -- why does this happen, from City to County to State to Federal? People who are moral allowing improprieties to continue by keeping their mouths shut -- that is a bigger problem in our society than the actual criminals, which we have always had and will continue to have. What is the key to changing this amazingly common situation?

  • Max Upstate, NY
    July 15, 2014 5:13 p.m.

    It looks like a lot of money can be saved by just scrapping the trial and letting the commenters here in the DN take care of it. There sure are a lot of people who aren't interested in letting these two have their day in court. Guilty until proven innocent! It is telling that the justice department did not see a need to prosecute. I don't have a dog in the hunt at all but that fact is very interesting and does lend some credibility to the argument that this is politically motivated (plus the way the arrests were handled. Lots of grandstanding). What does Gill know that the Justice Dept. doesn't know? I guess we will find out. This is going to be a very interesting case.

  • JayTee Sandy, UT
    July 15, 2014 5:08 p.m.

    Did you listen carefully to Sim Gill's comments? Maybe the Federal DOJ walked away from teh case because of the implications it might have for their ally, Harry Reid. This would be very consistent with their other decisions and behaviors, wouldn't it? Eric Holder is looking out for someone, but it isn't the average American.

  • Hamath Omaha, NE
    July 15, 2014 5:02 p.m.

    Judge Jury and Executioner. Let the system play out people before making all your assumptions of guilt.

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    July 15, 2014 4:59 p.m.

    @ Patriot
    The allegations you accuse BO of are different in nature than what our Republican friends here in Utah are being charged with. Substance being the first big difference with self interest being the other.

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    July 15, 2014 4:40 p.m.

    The Judge said "Umm...there's not a lot of evidence of wrongdoing here. "
    Umm where have you been?
    Lots and lots and then some more, have you heard the recordings "Do they know about the boat"
    The receipts from luxury vacations on people they were investigating.

    Gems these 2. Those defending them, must have similar ethical challenges, to not recognize right and wrong.

    To those who try and compare this, to the republican motivated scandals in washington, how's your pup tents? Got plenty of room to keep rehashing things already investigated.

  • Jazz Bass Man Wellsville, Utah
    July 15, 2014 4:34 p.m.

    I've suspected that Shurtleff had become corrupt ever since he publicly proclaimed that he would not be doing his job and prosecuting illegal aliens here in Utah. Any attorney general who could openly support illegal activity clearly thinks he is above the law. I am looking forward to a full investigation of both of these clowns.

    Maybe then it will be time to go after their buddy Harry Reid, and ultimately Eric Holder and Obama as well.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    July 15, 2014 4:21 p.m.

    how humiliating and scary for his poor wife and is your husband and dad up on all sorts of charges which could lead to years in prison...They will put on the best face possible but until this thing plays out there are going to be many sleepness nights for the entire family. This is potentially life changing for everyone in the family. I doubt all the charges are legit and probably many political in nature but there are so many charges I would think some will certainly stick. Men get a little authority and power and they lose sight of right and wrong thinking they can slip between the cracks ....they also forget that if caught their families will catch heck as well...for years to come. Makes you wonder how many 'decades' Barack would get in the 'Big House' if a true investigation could be conducted of his multiple corruptions without Holder and Reid and his media protecting him.

  • forget-me-not West Valley City, UT
    July 15, 2014 4:18 p.m.

    Yet another example of the all-powerful State Democratic Party harassing hapless Republicans. Republicans, I should point out, who were duly elected by an overwhelming majority of Utah voters. If you can’t beat them on the ballot, it seems you resort to taking them to court on 23 trumped-up charges (and perhaps more later). Just because this whole smear campaign started with a bipartisan investigation led by a prominent Republican in our Republican-controlled State Legislature doesn’t mean the Democrats and religion-haters haven’t controlled every action taken to impugn these two public servants.

    And while we correctly insist that everyone suspected of or charged with wrong-doing, we should take unwarranted heat off our former Attorneys General by alluding to “alleged,” completely extraneous misconduct on the Federal level. We know those guys are crooks!

  • bill in af American Fork, UT
    July 15, 2014 4:17 p.m.

    Finally justice can run its course. As a life long Republican, I have been especially disappointed in Shurtliff. Mark, Me thinks thou protestest too much. You have something to hide or you would not be ranting against Sim Gill and his procedure of not treating you above anyone else arrested for a crime. As a state delegate, I could see right through Swallow and put my support behind Reyes. Our delegate system really let us down to put him in as AG in the first place.

  • Atlas Smashed Santa Monica, CA
    July 15, 2014 3:48 p.m.

    Listening to Shurtleff and swallow complain about dirty hairy tactics and being arrested instead of turning themselves in has been most satisfying.

    They truly thought that they were above the law.

  • The Judge Kaysville, UT
    July 15, 2014 3:47 p.m.

    Umm...there's not a lot of evidence of wrongdoing here. You've got a politically motivated prosecutor who wants to try a case with evidence that even the Feds, with a 99 percent conviction rate, turned down. And arresting them at their house is a bush league tactic used by prosecutors that wanna get their names in the paper so they can grow up to be judges some day. Prosecutorial discretion in this country sucks.

  • Pa. Reader Harrisburg, PA
    July 15, 2014 3:35 p.m.

    We know something about corrupt politicians in Pennsylvania, and it's an equal opportunity occupation, with Republicans and Democrats alike going straight from the trappings of public office to the "big house." There's enough shame to go around for both parties!
    The amazing thing about this Utah story is the number of apologists on this and other threads who, despite all the evidence (and it's voluminous) against these two perps, remain convinced they are somehow being railroaded! BTW...Innocent until proven guilty is a standard for the courtroom. Under the "walks and quacks like a duck rule," thinking people are free to draw the obvious conclusions in this sad affair.

  • Atlas Smashed Santa Monica, CA
    July 15, 2014 3:32 p.m.

    I wonder if Swallow and Shurtleff will be upset about the prison being located from the point of the mountain to tooele county? Their families will have to drive much farther to visit them now.

  • VIDAR Murray, UT
    July 15, 2014 3:30 p.m.

    Provo, UT

    And we have the best justice system money can buy. They should be greatful they are wealthy and can fight the charges.

  • rlsintx Plano, TX
    July 15, 2014 3:20 p.m.

    This is what the courts are for.
    Get the facts in there before a judge and let it all be heard.
    If they're guilty, make 'em pay.
    This isn't the first rodeo for guilt in this state or any other.
    Carry on.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    July 15, 2014 2:57 p.m.

    Please, those of you making this into a partisan thing, please stop. Look at the coverage over the past year and the actual charges. Even if no charges were never filed, the allegations are shocking on an ethics basis.

  • FWJ Junction City, KS
    July 15, 2014 2:34 p.m.

    The difference between the DOJ and Sam Gill.......The DOJ would gain nothing politically by this witch hunt, and waste of public resources, Gill thinks he does. Thankfully, Gill will one day be held accountable for all his actions, before the perfect judge at the pleasing bar of God, where political expedience and flawed bias will have no covering power.

  • pleblian salt lake city, utah
    July 15, 2014 2:32 p.m.

    Republican leaders in the State of Utah have lost a lot of face with constituents who, before this fiasco, assumed that party leaders did minimal vetting of candidates holding serious statewide office.

    Surprise! they don't. This is a failure of Republican leadership to vet their own.

    I wish Attorney General Reyes the best of luck restoring the moral of the employees and the integrity of the office as a whole.

  • sockpuppet Provo, UT
    July 15, 2014 2:24 p.m.

    "Innocent untill proven guilty" seems to be a foreign concept to the readers and posters on

  • Riverton Cougar Riverton, UT
    July 15, 2014 2:20 p.m.

    I don't know the details of this either, but if there is corruption we need to gut it out. The Republican party is not perfect and nobody said it was, but one difference I do see between the two parties is that Republicans are much more likely to investigate corruption within their own party than Democrats are (case in point: how many liberals are calling for an investigation of the Obama scandals?).

  • jsf Centerville, UT
    July 15, 2014 2:13 p.m.

    Can Sim Gil explian why the press was on site before agents arrived?

  • RevWillieG Washington, UT
    July 15, 2014 2:14 p.m.

    Neither one of these guys will serve one day in jail for this. The DOJ has already turned a blind eye to this because of what it may mean for Harry Reid. Thanks to all of you for upholding the oaths you took.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    July 15, 2014 2:14 p.m.

    @ metamoracoug, first, there have been other examples of corruption in Utah. Second, it is not necessarily an exact parallel, just that Utah has corruption, too. Lighten up. I know more about Illinois corruption than you think. I even personally know Chicago's Mayor.

  • EisenhowerRepublican SLC, UT
    July 15, 2014 1:32 p.m.

    Swallow ran against Jim Matheson twice for Congress and was considered by many a dirty trickster back then. The fact that he could emerge again as the Republican candidate for AG is an indictment of the Utah caucus system where a few good ol' boys and girls can determine who should be on the ballet for the rest of us. Furthermore, in Utah, if you have an (R) by your name you will probably win a statewide election, no matter how lousy a person you are.

  • HaHaHaHa Othello, WA
    July 15, 2014 1:29 p.m.

    These guys haven't even spent one night in jail yet. They may never spend a night in jail, they have not be convicted of anything. According to the one defense attorney, nothings changed in over a year, so why now?
    That being said, they do come across a bit sleazy. What are the slobbering leftwing crazies going to snivel about if these two are exonerated? How are you going to go on? You already have them convicted!

  • truth in all its forms henderson, NV
    July 15, 2014 12:52 p.m.

    its poetic justice to see these corrupt criminals finally be arrested. I hope they actually see jail time. We don't need corrupt politicians like this in our community.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    July 15, 2014 12:52 p.m.

    I don't know the details so I will reserve judgement. I do sympathize with anyone who is tossed in the clink for any reason. One thing - if these guys did the alledged they did serious stuff, but this country has the highest incarceration rate in the world. You literally can be jailed for almost nothing.

  • procuradorfiscal Tooele, UT
    July 15, 2014 12:50 p.m.

    Re: "They don't arrest or indict unless there is some SERIOUS evidence."

    Yeah -- that's usually the case. But it's not the case in Sim Gill's DA shop.

    A demonstrably weak and ineffective prosecutor, he's apparently using this case to set himself up for his upcoming re-election bid. Though there's been no important evidence uncovered in the past 18 months, he waits until now to file the charges, so they'll still be pending during the election season, and he can disingenuously paint himself to callow, left-leaning Salt Lake County voters as a giant-killer.

    The public, showboating conduct of the arrests, themselves, just seals it.

    It'll be interesting to see how he snivels when they come for him.

  • Thomas Jefferson Cottonwood Heights, UT
    July 15, 2014 12:45 p.m.

    Corrupt politicians in Utah? Say it aint so.

    /This is Obamas fault.

  • O'really Idaho Falls, ID
    July 15, 2014 12:38 p.m.

    Uh oh! Not a happy headline.

  • Paul Timothy Gibbs Taylorsville, UT
    July 15, 2014 12:27 p.m.

    I find it amazing that, despite the fact that the investigation was lead by Becky Lockhart, a politician so conservative she makes Gay Herbert look liberal, this is still being dismissed by anyone as liberals smearing Utah Mormon conservatives.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    July 15, 2014 12:16 p.m.

    Just don't be dishonest and you won't have to worry about being arrested in front of your family. Is that too much too ask from State AD's??

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    July 15, 2014 12:06 p.m.

    I just read the criminal complaint. Its truly mind-boggling. It sounds like these guys were warned by a lot of people - including a federal judge - that they were going well over the line and they just kept doing it. I just don't see how they can make the case that these actions were perfectly legal.

  • Jim Cobabe Provo, UT
    July 15, 2014 11:53 a.m.

    Excuse me, but I was under the impression that these men are innocent of ANY charges until a court of law convicts them of something. I must've missed the day when that principle was superceded by the more effective approach of conducting a public trial in the news media. I'm certainly glad that all the facts are so well known by journalists, casual bystanders, and by those condemning them in the general public. It's a good thing these guys have already had a fair trial. Otherwise I might have the suspicion that they have not been treated fairly by those who have pledged to uphold the rule of law.

  • JJ000012 Salt lake city, UT
    July 15, 2014 11:48 a.m.

    The press conference listed quite a few charges, it will be interesting to see which they prosecute and IF they're convicted. Based on media reporting over the last 18 months (obviously taken w/ a grain of salt), it seems that Shurtleff and Swallow are dirty. Proving all of these allegations in court will likely be quite difficult. I'm glad they will be prosecuted though because at least the public will get to see much of what the investigators have seen. I've always had a strong distrust of Shurtleff, so I tend to think he's guilty, but I'm very curious to see the evidence the investigation has turned up.

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    July 15, 2014 11:38 a.m.

    To "FreedomFighter41" I never said he was innocent. I have only said that he has not been charged with anything, nor had there been sufficient evidence to convict him of anything. I apologize to you if you were offended by me saying that a person should be arrested until there is evidence available.

    The question for you and your ilk is if you will go after the Democrats that break the law with the same zeal that you do Republicans. Your remarks indicate that you are happy to get a pint of blood from the Republicans, and don't care about the laws.

    Now that this is put to bed. What are you going to do about people like Eric Holder, Lois Learner, and the other Democrats that have not only broken the law, but are being shielded by Obama from having to account for their crimes. If you look at the Articles of Impeachment levied against Nixon, it looks like 6 months of headlines out of the Obama administration. Are you now going to go after Obama like you did Swallow and Shurtleff?

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    July 15, 2014 11:17 a.m.

    This State has to beware of local politicians who talk the tea party eagle, forum talk to get support to get elected. More important to talk sound law enforcement than talk Benghazi and Federal budget to appease the donors and political buddies that can give you an office. Ted Cannon was the first to use this ploy in late Seventies after watching unkown lawyer Hatch get a political office when he jumped form City Attorney to DA.

  • Steve C. Warren WEST VALLEY CITY, UT
    July 15, 2014 11:01 a.m.

    Jan Graham, I miss you.

  • JKL51 Phoenix, AZ
    July 15, 2014 10:59 a.m.

    WOW, didn't see this coming when on party controls everything in Utah. Time to clean house and start over fresh with no one from the Current and Past AG office in Power. Corruption is in every level of Government and Utah is probably just as bad as any other state in the US. Utah is the SCAM Capitol of the world for a reason, people are very trusting of one another and they use their Church influence to rip off their neighbors. I wish people in Utah would learn that the state is corrupt as any other state regardless of the LDS Religion, People are People and regardless of their religious affiliation will do whats best for them personally in the end. These two guys just go caught and its funny because they go caught because they were associating with two criminals and if you can't trust a criminal who can you trust…...

  • MarcusJ Medford, OR
    July 15, 2014 10:54 a.m.

    Facts are important for all sides. When they are all laid on the table then we can judge these folks. In a complicated case like this the old adage, "If it walks like a duck" does not necessarily mean "it is a duck". Remember the story of the ugly duckling - all i am saying is give them a chance...

  • NedGrimley Brigham City, UT
    July 15, 2014 10:45 a.m.

    Thank you to those that remind us all that this is not politically motivated. I can accept that.

    I also hope that the vocal supporters of the current federal administration can put on their own "big boy pants" and allow the investigations into the corruption and mishandling of power that is rampant there to continue...with the hopes that the truth can be brought into the sunlight, and justice can be served. And accept that it is not politically motivated...

  • aghast SYRACUSE, UT
    July 15, 2014 10:26 a.m.

    WOW - talk about a black eye. From what I have seen of our judicial and political system. These guys are small players in a big seat.

  • Uncle Rico Sandy, UT
    July 15, 2014 10:13 a.m.

    It looks like Jeremy Johnson figured on Shurtleff and Swallow having his back when the fed's came for him, instead they left him hung out to dry. They say there is no honor among thieves. JJ would make a great state witness to bring down two high-ranking public servants. Somewhere, JJ is having himself a chuckle.

  • Something to think about Ogden, UT
    July 15, 2014 10:13 a.m.

    I'm glad to see the wheels of justice finally turn. I hope the truth comes out and if deserving I hope they're properly and fairly punished.

    For all those who view this a politically motivated, that's too easy of an excuse for you. Don't use that as your out. Put on your 'big boy/girl pants' and accept that fact that people, regardless of political party, do things that are wrong and illegal.

  • jsf Centerville, UT
    July 15, 2014 10:10 a.m.

    IMO I am grateful this process has taken as long as it has, that patience was practiced before making charges and arrests. These two men will have their day in court and be tried. As far as it being a two party defense, are you saying it is politically motivated to advance the democrat party. Hardly, we know corruption is not party affiliated.

    We have posters who tout that the democrats need to be in power to thwart corruption it needs new blood, does that mean you are not voting democrat for the next president, especially if it is Hillary. Because your argument says we need to change the control to eliminate possibilities of corruption.

  • AFCoug Colorado Springs, CO
    July 15, 2014 10:09 a.m.

    It is a shame the FBI doesn't investigate congress and the president the same way. This country would fall apart due to all the lobbyist sitting in DC. Take that back, the country may be much better off!

  • Henderson Orem, UT
    July 15, 2014 10:08 a.m.

    How is this possible?

    "Trust me, I am not a crook" Swallow told us that he was innocent!

    And Shurtleff told us that this was a witch hunt with dirty hairy tactics!

    I am shocked, utterly shocked, that 1 of 3 states total that allows unlimited campaign donations would be ripe with corruption!

    I thought allowing unlimited bribery money would lead to less corruption, more transparency, and zero crime!

    Perhaps the liberals were right? Perhaps we do need campaign finance reform? Perhaps instead of wasting time and money on gay marriage, we can direct that time and money into developing case guards which prevent this sort of thing from happening again?

    Strict campaign finance reform and transparency.
    No longer can you accept bribes.

    I'd like to see the exact same rules that our legislature places on teachers to be placed on our legislature.

    Teachers cannot accept anything more than a $25 dollar gift.

    Why should our legislature be any different?

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    July 15, 2014 10:03 a.m.

    It now appears that there is indeed a lot of evidence against Shurtleff and Swallow, despite much of it stemming from this unsavory Jeremy Johnson guy.

    Now, remember that one of the allegations made by Johnson was that he was using Swallow to buy influence with Democrat Senator Harry Reid. Let's see if the FBI and all the crime-fighting do-gooders will follow that trail as aggressively as they did for conservative Republicans in Utah.

    A pox on all crooked politicians, or whatever party.

    It would be nice if we had a U.S. Attorney General who would lead the fight on corruption instead of being complicit in it.

  • JayTee Sandy, UT
    July 15, 2014 10:00 a.m.

    If you go over to the "competing" publication, you'll find the multiple obligatory aspersions relative to the ecclesiastical affiliations of these two. It's always there with them, and they' will NOT let this particular opportunity slide by without teaming up on this big-time.

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    July 15, 2014 9:59 a.m.

    These two have been sounding like Richard Nixon for months now. Let's get on with it.

  • kiddsport Fairview, UT
    July 15, 2014 9:59 a.m.

    Let's let the justice system run its course. If these guys are dirty as charged, Republicans in general will call for their receiving a just sentence if convicted. The difference between them and many Chicago politicians is they won't likely be re-elected.
    Just another reason for term limits across the board, no exceptions. I'd like to see that for Supreme Court Justices too, except for the need for consistency which would suffer if we had a never-ending stream of position-holders.

  • Aggie238 Logan, UT
    July 15, 2014 9:57 a.m.

    @Strider and Esquire

    I would like to see a system where candidates could not run on a "party ticket," but would have to rely on their own merits as a person, similar to how municipal elections are run. Parties could still exist, but candidates would not be able to claim to represent a given party. Additionally, I would like to see corporations and other special interest groups, including political parties, PACs, and the like, banned from donating to candidates. Individual members could donate as much as they wanted to whomever, and special interests could motivate their members to do so through endorsements or other means, but only individuals could actually donate.

    Unfortunately, our dunderheaded SCOTUS justices have inexplicably decided that corporations are somehow people, while, ironically, unborn infants are not.

  • NedGrimley Brigham City, UT
    July 15, 2014 9:52 a.m.

    SharpHooks: If the related gloating and blatant rock throwing were not so prevalent from the peanut gallery, one could almost accept the validity of your post.

  • midvale guy MIDVALE, UT
    July 15, 2014 9:53 a.m.

    Maybe everybody should just stop complaining and realize what it is to be grateful. These two dishonest men that had the highest law enforcement positions in the state got taken down just like you and I would've been if we engaged in the same type of behavior. If they can put them behind bars it would definitely go a long way in restoring my faith in actual justice.

  • SharpHooks Sandy, UT
    July 15, 2014 9:46 a.m.

    To all who would be dismissive of these charges, and continue to defend the accused, fine.
    That is your prerogative.
    But this is not politically or religiously motivated. These charges would have been brought if they were Muslim Democrats, Undecided Oriental Baptists, or Independent Jewish Catholics.
    That they were so ignorant of the public eye, the fishbowl in which they serve/live/operate-- is astounding.
    A lesson for any and all. Do the right thing and all will be well.

  • Karl (not Marx) WVC, UT
    July 15, 2014 9:41 a.m.

    While I agree that there may be some inappropriate behavior from these two, it is also a "wonderful" opportunity for some folks (re:Sim) to make hay for their next election. After all, why else would he make the call to let all the media know what was up. It wasn't his arrest or prosecution but he contacted media about the arrest first. He does like the attention......just like the others.

  • Ltrain St. George, UT
    July 15, 2014 9:38 a.m.

    I know!! Political leaders should be held accountable for their misdeeds. I politician shouldn't be able to use the IRS to squash their opponents. Shouldn't be able to come up with some lame cover story about a video to distract attention away from their failures in foreign policy. Shouldn't be able to hide behind their friends that get to make the decisions on whether they should be investigated for wrong doings.

    We are the best managed state in the U.S. What do these guys have to do with that?

    A 2 party system would be great if the other party (democrats) weren't exponentially more corrupt than the party you hate on.

  • I M LDS 2 Provo, UT
    July 15, 2014 9:36 a.m.

    Have any Utahns lost their "testimonies" of the Republican Party yet?

  • FreedomFighter41 Provo, UT
    July 15, 2014 9:29 a.m.

    Is this the "Republican Leadership" and "Judeo-Christian Conservative" values that I've heard touted so much in this state?

    I think we need new laws and new leadership.

    It's obvious that the laws and transparency are way too weak and that those in power have been in power for far too long.

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    July 15, 2014 9:28 a.m.

    As a good Conservative Republican that runs to the libertarian side of things, I'm happy as a clam that these two got nicked. I used to be a Shurtleff supporter way back in the day but I saw him turn from a good ethical man to a power hungry one. As for Swallow, I've seen him coming since day one. I once shook his hand at a function but then went and washed it because I knew how he was. He's been ethically challenged since before he was in the legislature and after becoming Shurtleff's lap dog, he got much worse.

    In the 2012 Republican convention, I talked to many delegates telling them that Swallow had problems that went way back and he shouldn't be Atty General. Most didn't listen. I had heard rumors about Swallow for years and the chickens finally came home to roost.

    I even, I hate to admit it, voted for Matheson once when Swallow ran against him. The lesser of two evils.

    Don't use this as a reason to say Republicans are bad. Remember Allan Howe and Dave Watson among others.

  • metamoracoug metamora, IL
    July 15, 2014 9:23 a.m.

    Esquire: Which goes to show how little you know about Chicago politics. 3 of the past 4 governors have served time for corruption and the current one is being investigated for the disappearance of $1.8 million and possible illegal hiring practices. But that's just the tip of the iceberg. Speaker of the House since 1983 and Chairman of the State Democratic party, Mike Madigan, has controlled Illinois politics through the giving or withholding of favors for decades and with the help of gerrymandering (as demonstrated by Illinois' 4th Congressional district).

  • Strider303 Salt Lake City, UT
    July 15, 2014 9:23 a.m.

    RE: two party system prevents this type of corruption. Maybe, maybe not. It might just spread opportunities around for more people to get some of the "political goodies".

    I have always felt that others in state government must have been aware of what was going on, we are a small state and even with the divide between political parties, someone must have known something was not right. Why didn't anyone speak up? Because they were privy to the "secret", they were on the inside. This might have included some of the media.

    It was the same thing with FDR and his not being photographed in his wheelchair and JFK and his romantic dalliances. People knew but said nothing because they would loose their connection with the power group and be on the outside.

    Let's wait and see how this sordid tale unfolds, I'm sure there is a book here.

  • Fullypresent Salt Lake City, UT
    July 15, 2014 9:11 a.m.

    Now let's hope for some sembalance of justice in that there are no plea deals offered for their felonies, the Church does not step in and lean on people to let them off the hook, and any politicians or government leaders get a wake up call the people of Utah have spoken and are through with corrupt leaders, whatever religion they belong to.

  • grizzly125 sl, UT
    July 15, 2014 9:11 a.m.

    Swallow and Shurtleff did this to themselves...not the trib.

  • Mister J Salt Lake City, UT
    July 15, 2014 9:02 a.m.

    to FreedomFighter41

    It appears byufootballrocks is stuck on apologetics duty.

    Of course, its a liberal conspiracy. the police are a government entity receiving public funds and therefore socialists.

  • Pac_Man Pittsburgh, PA
    July 15, 2014 8:52 a.m.


    The Trib didn't make it happen. What are you talking about?

  • Kings Court Alpine, UT
    July 15, 2014 8:52 a.m.

    It's about time. Anyone who can't see these two for what they are must be their relatives or extreme political partisans.

  • Stenar Salt Lake City, UT
    July 15, 2014 8:48 a.m.

    It's about time.

  • SharpHooks Sandy, UT
    July 15, 2014 8:46 a.m.

    byufootballrocks is not paying attention.
    They don't arrest or indict unless there is some SERIOUS evidence.
    This is not a anti-Mormon thing, sir or madam. This is not politically or religiously motivated.
    This is a criminal investigation against 2 individuals who time after time were breaking the law.

  • SharpHooks Sandy, UT
    July 15, 2014 8:44 a.m.

    They would never have arrested them unless the evidence was overwhelming.
    And remember that both of these guys swore up and down that they did nothing wrong.
    Either they are not very smart, or corruption, in their minds, is perfectly acceptable.
    May they not meet anyone in jail that they were instrumental in sending there.
    Well...Shurtleff, anyway. Swallow never did anything while in office.

  • SharpHooks Sandy, UT
    July 15, 2014 8:42 a.m.

    Nobody is above the law! Even the law. This is quite the expose on how entitled and insulated our elected officials can feel when working amongst cronies. I can't say this bothers me one little bit.

  • Henderson Orem, UT
    July 15, 2014 8:38 a.m.

    How can this be? I've read that we're the best managed state!

    Besides, Swallow said on ksl that he was innocent!

  • byufootballrocks Saratoga Springs, UT
    July 15, 2014 8:38 a.m.

    This is a sad example of "investigations" run amok.

    Since they devoted millions, as well as major law enforcement and government institutions to the hunt, and since the matters involve murky campaign finance rules, it's a perfect playground for law enforcement. And if you don't get the indictment, then you look like a fool. The "investigation" has to justify itself. So, ultimately, someone is jailed.

    You mark my words and see if they do not come to pass. In the end, the two men will be exonerated, or accept some kind of reduced "plea" deal just to get the murky matter behind them. Press conferences will then be held where the prosecution will defend itself and continue to smear these two men.

    And, in the end, what has been accomplished? Nothing.

    A complete waste.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    July 15, 2014 8:36 a.m.

    Wow! Well, Utah, welcome to the big time. Chicago has nothing over on you.

    You know, a two party system would fix a lot of this type of corruption.

  • Aggie238 Logan, UT
    July 15, 2014 8:33 a.m.

    I almost don't believe it. About stinkin' time! Now I wonder what the charges will be...

  • U-tar Woodland Hills, UT
    July 15, 2014 8:30 a.m.

    Hopefully the case against them is air tight by now, they probably have the necessary evidence they need, which seems to have taken a long time. Public servants should not be able to get away with the things these two have done.

  • Veracity Morgan, UT
    July 15, 2014 8:28 a.m.

    Wow, sometimes it is a long fall from the top to the very bottom and it can happen fast when power, greed and fame become over whelming and a persons integrity is thrown out the window. Too bad, each person had a bright future.