State lawmakers likely to discuss Attorney General John Swallow's troubles

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  • New to Utah PAYSON, UT
    May 14, 2013 11:25 a.m.

    Having many friends who actually work for the State of Utah: some who work for the Attorney Generals office I can say the work is getting done. John Swallow is doing his job as our the attorneys,paralegals,secretaries: Utah is not being shortchanged.It bothers me that Ralph Okerman can vote for gay, lesbian housing being forced down the throat of Utah citizens but acts like mister cool when it comes to judging John Swallow. Each legislator should look in their own closet and realize they are not perfect before making their decision on John Swallow without all the facts.

  • Red Salt Lake City, UT
    May 14, 2013 9:44 a.m.

    Politicians just try to talk their way out of every problem they cause...

    There are plenty of good people who can serve.


  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    May 14, 2013 9:29 a.m.

    Utah has Grand Juries. This is what they are designed for and used since early common law times.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    May 14, 2013 8:56 a.m.

    This is Utah, not back east, to the north or the south. John Swallow can justify his actions and say he will be exonerated, whatever that means. He is an attorney and politician. He says words that will get him out of a situation for himself. However, he is not talking just about himself but as our Attorney General. He is not a private citizen up with charges that he did something in his personal life with someone that he was dealing with. He was the Chief Deputy or becoming the Chief Deputy for Mark Shurtleff, acting for him as his Chief Deputy with power and authority. As a Chief Deputy he was a public servant performing his duties with honor and integrity, supposedly in that office. He represented himself at the convention 10 minutes after talking with Jeremy Johnson. He defeated Sean Reyes with his position as the Chief Deputy AG even when a lot of the Assistant AGs had problems with how he ran his staff and office.

    He should cut his losses for the party and step down. The legislature will have divergent issues even though they are almost all Republicans. Integrity is higher than politics.

  • The Sensible Middle Bountiful, UT
    May 14, 2013 6:30 a.m.

    Perhaps its imagination on my part. But the look in his wife's eye seems to be asking, 'Are you sure you want to be doing this'?

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    May 14, 2013 4:52 a.m.

    I do not know if Swallow broke the law or not. That will remain to be seen.

    The saddest part in this case and in much of politics is that what he did is not CLEARLY illegal.

    Look at our national politics.

    Dodd takes a sweetheart home loan from Countrywide
    Boehner passes out Tobacco checks on the house floor
    Congressmen legally trade on insider information

    Walmart would NEVER allow their employees to be "influenced" like that. Why do you think that is?

    Look at congressional net worth when the first get elected and compare it to when they leave office. Their increase is astounding for people making under $200k per year.

    Show me a congressman, and I will show you someone who has crossed the ethical line.

  • tabuno Clearfield, UT
    May 13, 2013 10:03 p.m.

    Is the Lt. Governor's office qualified to decide whether or not issues are pertinent and warrant investigation against a Utah Attorney General? Such legal matters are more appropriate in the arena of jurisprudence such as the State legislature or the court system who can then appoint special counsel to investigate and recommend what matters require further investigation without the Lt. Governor's office hiring a legal special counsel to actually make recommendations on what issues to investigate (which did not appear to be what happened here and of course that would have added an unnecessary delay to the process).