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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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
The law firm looked down the road. Do we want the Attorney General administering
justice as described in this article?
But if he ran for public office again, and he had the magic "R" by his
name on the ballot, guess what would happen?
"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.
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.
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.
Please, Markie, keep telling us it's not true.
The law firm realized someone in Shurtleff's situation is more likely to be
rained on than a rainmaker.
Resigned? Uh huh."To spend more time with family" is always the
SURE he resigned.