Lawmakers rush to change law that allows AG to investigate himself

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  • Jewell in the Crown Spanish Fork, UT
    March 15, 2013 5:02 a.m.

    No, it doesn't violate the U.S. constitution, because it does not direct how the attorney general is to be punished criminally. If this did, the same rule would require that if the responsibilities of the IRS were ever moved, that you would have to keep something called the IRS around until all current cases against it were done. Just silly.

  • hermounts Pleasanton, CA
    March 14, 2013 5:17 p.m.

    Doesn 't making this new law retroactive violate the U.S. Constitution's prohibition of ex post facto laws?

  • m.g. scott LAYTON, UT
    March 14, 2013 1:59 p.m.

    I remember the days when the Nixon administration was investigating itself. No matter who it is or what party is involved, or what level of government, there needs to always be oversight of public officials. And it usually begins with a free press. Remember, it is usually the coverup that becomes worse than the crime. I won't bring up how disappointed I am at the national media for their lack of critical coverage of certain national politicians.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    March 14, 2013 11:40 a.m.

    It seems very odd that the Speaker of the House would say that she can get it passed through the House today, the last day of the Legislature, when she said, "The members of the House are going to understand the urgency of this and the need to clarify this."

    She said legislative leaders only found out about the loophole Tuesday.

    "Frankly, we weren't aware of what the statute said. It was brought to our attention by the lieutenant governor. We all kind of went, 'Oh, wow. We need to fix this,'" she said.

    Yesterday, she didn't know what the statute said, but is fully aware in a day of all the implications of a bill that the sponsor was given, it appears, by the Lieutenant Governor.

    Citizens in Nixon's timeframe didn't like Attorney General John Mitchell making some very important decisions after the Watergate break-in and cover-up. However, John Mitchell did have a golf course prison location at Maxwell Air Force Base and subjected to that kind of at home, almost place.

    The State Auditor wrote the GRAMA HB477 wanted government not to be open. Now as state auditor, he doesn't .

  • NedGrimley Brigham City, UT
    March 14, 2013 10:05 a.m.

    I'm not sure everyone read and/or comprehended the point of the article. The new law being proposed is not to allow the AG to investigate himself, but to make it so an independent investigator is appointed to that responsibility when the AG is involved. Therefore, pushing it through immediately has some merit.

    That said, the wording of one paragraph does raise a concern. "Lawmakers have drafted a bill, SB289, that would allow the lieutenant governor to appoint special counsel to investigate elections complaints "when and only when" the allegations involve the attorney general. The bill would make the law retroactive."

    Would ALLOW? Seems to me it should require independent counsel. But then, this IS Utah...

  • Wasatch Al South Jordan, UT
    March 14, 2013 9:22 a.m.

    The legislature wants to look like they didn't just sweep the John Swallow issue under the rug. Actually they did sweep it under the rug and will never do anything about it.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    March 14, 2013 8:46 a.m.

    This is like the fox guarding the henhouse and try to push it through in one-day.

    This is not well thought out if the Lieutenant Governor's office is involved. These two elected officials, the top in their positions, are both being scrutinized and they want to make it an internal investigation. If it was someone lower in the hierarchy that was being investigated but to have it within the same agency is ridiculous. Utahn's elected a State Auditor that doesn't know how to audit since he is attached to the Speaker of the House. A CPA has fiduciary knowledge and ability to scrutinize but this man isn't. We are in a world that seems to allow the inner workings of Utah government be a trust factor when over the years we know you can't trust these people in power and authority. It is sad when people strive for fame and glory instead of doing their job without being influenced by outside parties.

    I agree with the NCAACP lady from Utah yesterday, "What is happening to the people in Utah." To pass a law in one day should bring an uproar from citizens.

  • JayTee Sandy, UT
    March 14, 2013 6:07 a.m.

    What's the big issue? WVC Police kill a little unarmed 21-year old gal on November 2, 2012, and the SL County Attorney (Sim Gill) is STILL waiting for WVC to complete its "investigation" of itself. Doesn't seem to be a lot of outrage over that one. Seems to me that the unexplained death of someone's child might be slightly more important (at least to some people) than something like John Swallow is being accused of these days.

  • Republitarian SAINT GEORGE, UT
    March 14, 2013 12:35 a.m.

    Quit being pansies, and just impeach him.