U.S. Attorney for Utah removed from Swallow investigation

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  • Something to think about Ogden, UT
    May 8, 2013 1:09 p.m.

    If Swallow were a democrat he'd be on his way to jail. It's sad we have two justice codes in Utah. One for the republicans and one for the democrats.

  • DN Subscriber 2 SLC, UT
    May 7, 2013 2:29 p.m.

    There is no doubt in my mind that Eric Holder's Justice Department pulled the local US Attorney off the case so they can drag their feet and delay the investigation of Attorney General Swallow as long as possible. Every day increases the perception of wrongdoing although Swallow is likely totally innocent and entitled to a presumption of innocence.

    Despite what someone in St. George might allege after indictment on numerous serious charges.

    Holder's politicized DOJ has proven they are political hacks with their refusal to accept the conviction of the voter-intimidation New Black Panthers, and their running the "Fast and Furious" gun running scheme and subsequent obstruction of the investigation.

    Swallow is a leading opponent of federal land grabs, and Utah opposes many other federal over reaches, so letting him swing in the wind with a prolonged investigation is a good strategy, in the best Chicago traditions.

    I will take the word of John Swallow over that of Eric Holder or Obama any day!

    Remember, Swallow ASKED for the feds to investigate him, to prove his innocence. He has nothing to hide.

  • DonO Draper, UT
    May 7, 2013 10:11 a.m.

    It is beyond me why Swallow continues to hold on to the AG's office. At worst, he broke the law. At best, he showed a horrible lack of judgment and ethics. IMO, either disqualifies him for public office...especially THIS public offce. Resign, Swallow, and let someone take the AG's job who isn't under a perpetual cloud of doubt.

  • procuradorfiscal Tooele, UT
    May 7, 2013 9:19 a.m.

    Re: "Give it a rest, please."

    Nah. I think I'll just keep telling the truth.

    Thanks for your concern, though! It's nice to know I've got friends in the enemy's camp.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    May 7, 2013 8:28 a.m.

    When the investigation got changed to the "The Public Integrity Section of the Department of Justice" that is a non-existent word in today's political scheme. Integrity is a word that used to mean something in the everyday world we lived in. It had meaning and existed in people's conscience. Integrity cannot be stressed enough in one's dealings with another person, business, employer, country, family member or organization. God knows the intent of one's heart, mind and soul. We have an intermediary today, the press, media, communications and public relations. Now, we are moving to the Public Integrity Section. Since 1982 they have been around and they do investigate where Federal Election Campaign money goes and comes from and that may make sense, in this case, since money could have been diverted for the past election. This section's attorneys prosecute selected cases against state officials, and are available as a source of advice and expertise to other prosecutors and investigators.

    We need an Attorney General that is clean but we need one in the next 4-years to support all the various activities of our Governor and State, not the chief deputies who aren't elected.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    May 7, 2013 7:39 a.m.

    The headline is quite misleading.

    As for Mugabe, are you kidding me? And to procuradorfiscal, your conspiracy theories are quite revealing. Not of the truth or rationality, but of paranoia. Amazing how you have tried to turn this into something about Obama. Give it a rest, please. The crazy talk is getting out of hand.

  • procuradorfiscal Tooele, UT
    May 7, 2013 6:56 a.m.

    Re: "I don't think it shows anything about the merits . . . . I think it just goes to the procedures . . . ."


    But it's MUCH more likely that the thoroughly politicized Obama "Justice" Department is being used as a tool to eliminate a powerful opponent to its Western-lands policy.

    I predict a long, drawn-out investigation. One that cynically and illegally leaks enough salacious, but unprovable information to preserve a cloud over Mr. Swallow's head, but that, ultimately does not lead to conviction of a crime.

    I also predict an imminent federal land-grab in the West, unprecedented in scope and scale. Obama already floated a trial balloon, signalling an interest in locking up the Arizona Strip. There will be more.

    Are the two issues connected? Experience with this White House gang says, yes.

    Obama is desperately seeking a legacy, other than his feckless destruction of American health care. A huge land grab in the politically powerless inter-mountain West would be ideal.

    He'd love to be remembered for the biggest federal land grabs since TR and FDR.

  • Mugabe ACWORTH, GA
    May 7, 2013 6:43 a.m.

    I don't condone Johnson for his actions against his clients, but I don't think that the attorneys'and judges' handling his prosecution is in any position to condemn anyone for fraud because they are perpetrating the biggest fraud of all on the people of this conntry. They claim that they are practicing law because they have a license to do so, but there are cases that prove that isn't the case:

    "The practice of law cannot be licensed by any state/State." Schware v. Board of Examiners, United States Reports 353 U.S. pages 238, 239

    "The practice of law is an occupation of common right." Sims v. Ahern, 271 SW 720 (1925)

    "No state shall convert a liberty into a privilege, license it, and attach a fee to it." Murdock v. Penn., 319 US 105

    "A right which is free and open to all is not the subject of a lecense or tax. Chicago v Collins, 51 NE 907: Freeburg v. Dawson 274 F 240

    Those who are members of the BAR, are members of a private club, in which they pay dues, whose headquarters are located in a foreign country. They have been granted titles of nobility. Unconstitutional