State appoints law firm to investigate Utah Attorney General John Swallow

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  • ThornBirds St.George, Utah
    July 24, 2013 3:27 p.m.

    Keep it rolling Utah State Government.
    You may have a decision by 2015.

  • Tators Hyrum, UT
    July 24, 2013 12:40 p.m.

    And so it continues...

    I'm a Republican voter. But I say enough is enough. Regardless of the technical merits of the outcome of yet another investigation, Swallow's reputation will never be able to fully recover for these multiple (and growing) allegations against him, that have already shown enough merit to continue the ongoing investigations.

    Even if he gets off on technicalities (having his wife paid for services he rendered... really??), a black political cloud will continue hanging over his head, limiting his effectiveness as the state's Attorney General. Previous allegations and investigations could easily drag on until at least half way through his term (or longer), while legal costs to the taxpayers of Utah continue to escalate. His department and the state of Utah deserves better than that.

    As the highest law enforcement position in the state, an AG needs to be above legal reproach in order to be effective. Swallow has already utterly failed that test. The best he could salvage from his current situation (including the previous charges against him) would be to immediately resign his position and move on with his life somewhere in the private sector... away from continuing media scrutiny.

  • AlanSutton Salt Lake City, UT
    July 23, 2013 1:32 p.m.

    With all the publicity about this case, the law firm's reputation will be on the line. Consequently, like every special prosecutor, it MUST find SOMETHING wrong or it will face lots of criticism for failing to do a thorough job and for consuming so much money at public expense. When it's all over, the firm will recommend that the case go before a district judge on some minor infraction of the law, and no one will be satisfied with the outcome.

  • Irony Guy Bountiful, Utah
    July 23, 2013 11:32 a.m.

    Ah, more of my tax dollars at work.