Former AG Mark Shurtleff no longer working at international law firm

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  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    June 3, 2013 11:45 a.m.

    The two newspapers provide for a diversity that not every city has in our country. The two newspapers have different reporters and fortunately different editors with different owners and editorial boards. If one likes the reporting of one paper versus another, that is good, also. We live in a country that is not a national media with one source and one set of eyes. That leads to a society that is not what America is known to be, even though, the newspapers that are owned by the same owner would like people to be puppets of his newspapers and social media.

    The Deseret News may have some bias but that is unavoidable in the land of the free. However, they have balance that provides the Salt Lake City and Utah communities with news and news sources that are agreeable with a good number of readers.

    In the other news sources, you can find a difference in the comments and in the letters to the editor that come from people that want a discussion in their thoughts.

    Thanks to the Deseret News for their honesty and integrity in what they choose to report. They are a positive force in Utah.

  • 1Observer Cottonwood Heights, UT
    June 3, 2013 11:23 a.m.

    I have to agree with mitchjensen. The D-News coverage of these scandals has been woefully inadequate. i have been going to the Trib and City Weekly for updates. What is even more shocking to me is the lack of public outrage. There has obviously been a culture of selling prosecutorial discretion at the AGs office for quite some time. It appears that the apprentice has learned from the master. The kind of behavior being reported completely undermines justice and should cause every thinking Utahan to rise up and demand answers. Even if what was done doesn't rise to the level of a federal crime the complete lack of ethics is astounding. The statue of lady justice depcits her as being blindfolded, representing objectivity. Apparently at the AGs office, the blindfold is raised just enough to get a peek into the wallets of suspected white collar criminals to see if they can afford a modern day version of indulgences - buying forgiveness and a prosecutorial pass.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    June 3, 2013 8:26 a.m.

    Shurtleff wasn't minding the store or he didn't know about his Chief Deputy Attorney General's actions and business dealing with after hour work tells me we had an Attorney General that was beyond his capabilities or deceiving the citizens of Utah. He supported John Swallow up to the end. Was Shurtleff ethical? He says he was legal and that John Swallow was legal in what they knew and did. However, if we have people who are deceiving people are not men of integrity. We need to have a thorough review by the Attorney General's office and from the State Auditor who is not an auditor or a Lieutenant Governor that has his own problems should not be allowed. Working around the law is not a part of what Utah should be. $13M, $85K and other money flow means you can buy anything with money. Subverting systems and helping "friends" is not the appropriate way if it is not by the law. Chicago and Washington, D.C. law and order is now in Utah. I don't think the founding fathers of Utah would approve our tactics of being like our neighbors having a king without accountability.

  • Lolly Lehi, UT
    June 3, 2013 8:03 a.m.

    White collar crime, fraud and corruption are considered if known. No one was doing any checking to see what was going on and those who are supposed to be watching these kinds of things were out eating free lunches and watching the wrong people. An overhaul is needed and is quite evident.

  • sigmund5 Salt Lake City, UT
    June 2, 2013 5:42 p.m.

    More corruption in zion. Interesting how because of its religious tradition people brag about life span, strong families, morality etc that results but white collar crime, fraud and corruption isn't considered...

  • JayTee Sandy, UT
    June 2, 2013 5:26 p.m.

    I don't know everything about John Swallow or his history, but I'd have to say that it was a stellar improvement when he moved into the position.

  • mitchjensen sandy, UT
    June 2, 2013 9:59 a.m.

    I enjoy the LDS-owned D-news, but am very disappointed by the lack of coverage on both the Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow Scandals. Even the fluffy headline on this story, ‘Former AG Mark Shurtleff no longer working at international law firm’, took 'til the next day to get released. What's with your lack of coverage? For the many Utahn's who can read between the lines, especially about information which SHOULD be published and available which is NEITHER published NOR available, it seems to confirm one of two things; 1., newspaper apathy, or, 2., how deeply interconnected the church and state are and the new (celestial) heights this paper has seemingly reached in passively insulating Swallow and Shurtleff.

    Hint: I highly doubt it's apathy.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    June 2, 2013 8:39 a.m.

    The law firm looked down the road. Do we want the Attorney General administering justice as described in this article?

  • Blue Salt Lake City, UT
    June 2, 2013 8:12 a.m.

    But if he ran for public office again, and he had the magic "R" by his name on the ballot, guess what would happen?

  • DonO Draper, UT
    June 2, 2013 8:09 a.m.

    "When asked if his resignation had anything to do with the allegations, he said "no" and would not elaborate further about his decision."

    Right. And the sun coming up this morning had nothing to do with the earth's rotation. I shall not elaborate further.

  • Lolly Lehi, UT
    June 2, 2013 7:37 a.m.

    Well written article which in fairness had no speculation even though it is fun to speculate. Political power has its downside if not controlled. Where much is given, much is expected. When someone says "it's the principle, not the money, it's the money." Saying there is someone else behind it, I believe would mean yourself as John said the other day.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    June 2, 2013 7:18 a.m.

    Even though he refused to comment further on his resignation, I'll give him the benefit of the doubt.

    But a full and thorough and impartial investigation still needs to be done into his activities as our former AG -- along with a full investigation of his successor.

  • estebanborup Brunswick, GA
    June 2, 2013 7:17 a.m.

    Please, Markie, keep telling us it's not true.

  • Interloper Portland, OR
    June 2, 2013 12:05 a.m.

    The law firm realized someone in Shurtleff's situation is more likely to be rained on than a rainmaker.

  • Cabinfever Las Vegas, NV
    June 1, 2013 9:48 p.m.

    Resigned? Uh huh.
    "To spend more time with family" is always the tip off.

  • Reasonable Person Layton, UT
    June 1, 2013 5:56 p.m.

    SURE he resigned.