Defense lawyers fighting proposed gag order on Jeremy Johnson

Friend whom prosecutors allegedly threatened to target arrested in drug case

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  • Red Salt Lake City, UT
    March 3, 2013 3:52 p.m.

    Johnson stole millions while running his internet scam. He tried to bribe his way out of the investigation into him and the greedy politicians were interested in taking his money.

    The whole thing stinks.

    We need all of these crooks locked up in jail.

  • DN Subscriber 2 SLC, UT
    March 3, 2013 2:33 p.m.

    So far, all the uproar over the alleged actions of Attorney General Swallow have been based exclusively on what Johnson has been shouting about.

    Swallow immediately asked for a disinterested agency, the U.S. Attorney, to investigate, so, now Johnson is attacking the U.S. Attorney.

    Johnson is not claiming very loudly that he is innocent, or being framed, only that everyone else is guilty of something.

    Reminds me of the old saying- "If the facts are on your side, argue the facts. If the law is on your side, argue the law, and if not then..."

    While it is interesting that the story reports one of Johnson's close associates was busted with a big drug case, that tells us nothing about Johnson's innocence or guilt. But it seems to indicate that he associated with crooks. In my opinion, Swallow is NOT one of Johnson's ethically challenged pals, but is being used in a clever and pre-planned scheme to win leniency for Johnson if he can catch a bigger fish.

    However, there will be a trial and the facts will come out and the jury will decide who is telling the truth.

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    March 3, 2013 1:47 p.m.

    Johnson is attempting to try the case in the press beore he ever gets in a courtroom. In doing this, he is doing his best to taint the jury pool from which his triers of fact will come. That is inecusable, and is a perfersion of the idea of a fair trial. Given what he is doing, a gag order is appropriate.

  • Scott Cannon Mendon, UT
    March 3, 2013 12:55 p.m.

    If Johnson isn't stopped, just anybody could be free to disclose the felonies, misdemeaners, and complete lack of ethics endemic in our hallowed legislative halls. Imagine the possible consequences! Beyond the justifiable discomfort to the majority of our beloved elected officials, it could result in an avalanch of disclosures that could dominate the news and squeeze out any news of baby kissing, wife hugging, and political shots of groundbreaking ceremonies at new multi Million dollar Government buildings. An entirely new section of the Deseret News might be required titled "Today's Legislative Crimes and Ethical Outrages". Just the amount of paper required could be scandalous. To get a vote of the majority of the legislature, we might have to have voting held at prisons and jails throughout the state! A logistical nightmare!

  • dawgdeelux saratoga springs, UT
    March 3, 2013 10:38 a.m.

    This is starting to look to me like the Federal Prosecutor is trying to squelch any information that makes their case weak. If I were a conspiracy theorist I would almost have to say our AG's office along with Senator Reid's office and others have gotten together and said "We need to shut this guy up, he's causing way too much trouble...".