Mark Shurtleff says new report based on 'tall tales,' vows to fight any charges

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  • Tators Hyrum, UT
    April 25, 2014 2:21 p.m.


    One other thing...
    Why did you bring up Shurtleff's religious beliefs in your first comment? You claim that he claims to be "an innocent Christian". I then re-read the article and can't find any mention of Shurtleff's personal religious convictions or beliefs. Are you making assumptions in order to make personal criticisms of a known conservative? Based off of many of your past ultra-liberal and biased comments and criticisms of conservatives in other articles... almost to the point of being ridiculous, stretching the truth a bit to level an accusation in this case wouldn't be surprising.

    Your earlier comment attack of Mark Shurtleff almost seemed to be hate-speech... or at least a personal attack as a minimum. As such, I'm quite surprised that first comment of yours to this article was allowed.

  • Tators Hyrum, UT
    April 25, 2014 1:58 p.m.

    @ GaryO:

    Being in Virginia, what is your interest and stake in Utah politics? And what qualifies you to make assessments and criticisms of Utah's justice system? There doesn't seem to be anything that you won't try to get involved in... no matter how distant you actually are from the subject at hand... literally and figuratively.

    I know of no one in Utah who cares at all about the day to day doings of Virginia state politics. Nor do I know of any Utahans who peruse Virginia online newspapers in order to throw in their two-bits worth. You seem to be an anomaly.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    April 24, 2014 9:01 p.m.

    It seems pretty evident why the prior AG before the 2012 election wanted so much that the recent AG was elected and went public again with his support the end of October 2012. He wanted an AG that would actively pursue his trail and put the investigations of both of them in disarray. Mr. Swallow resigns but that doesn't mean he was let off the hook. How many years will this go on with 3 top elected officials doing anything directly as leaders in their party or state government. Even Illinois acts on its elected officials, over and over when those officials deny to the end their involvement. RICO is not Uncle Rico in Napoleon Dynamite, it is sort of an AG's type of tool that can be subverted with loss of evidence.

  • EJM Herriman, UT
    April 24, 2014 11:40 a.m.

    This is one of the funniest things I have read in a long time. Mr. Shurtleff, thanks!

  • hnoel Layton, UT
    April 24, 2014 10:35 a.m.


    Yes, it would be inappropriate and unwise for a potential defendant to make comments about his case in the media. The problem here is that both Mr Shurtleff and Mr. Swallow have refused, on many occasions, to cooperate with the legally appointed investigators. That is exactly the place they should be presenting their case.....if they have one.

  • Truth forever triumphant Midvale, UT
    April 24, 2014 9:54 a.m.

    Mr. Shurtleff, who use to be the top state legal officer in Utah, has made two mistakes. He has taken his case of dealing with felons into the public realm prior to trial. Second, Shurtleff apparently tells prosecutor Troy Rawlings that he has more Twitter followers! This reinforces the image of Shurtleff seeing his former elected position and present image as being a matter of political and financial power. Certainly the prosecutors will now renew their efforts to define this case as criminal right and wrong and the even-handed sanctity of democracy in Utah. Somehow Mr. Shurtleff lost his vision of who and what he was an agent of during his time "serving" the people of Utah.

  • regis Salt Lake City, UT
    April 24, 2014 9:34 a.m.

    Shurtleff intervened personally in Jenson's case leading to a plea agreement that the judge called a "sweetheart deal" and refused to accept. While all this is taking place, and not long before another case was filed against Jenson, Shurtleff (along with Swallow) accepts luxury vacation gifts from Jenson. And he claims he has acted neither illegally nor unethically.

    In fact, his conduct is both illegal and unethical. Utah's Public Officers and Employees Ethics Act states at Section 67-16-5 that "It is an offense for a public officer or public employee to knowingly receive, accept, take, seek, or solicit ... a gift of substantial value ... if the public officer or public employee recently has been, is now, or in the near future may be involved in any governmental action directly affecting the donor ..."

    Violation of the law is a second degree felony, punishable by up to 15 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

    It seems to me the law is pretty clear. And Shurtleff's claim that "I will win" if prosecuted is more bravado than reality.

  • ksampow Farr West, Utah
    April 24, 2014 9:22 a.m.

    As anyone knows a defendant (even one who is totally innocent) is unwise to make his case in the media when legal action is pending. The article is based on innuendo and Shurtleff deserves his day in court.
    Gary O.:
    "Utah's criminal justice system" will get to the bottom of this. As has clearly been demonstrated, John Swallow acted unethically and criminally. He will suffer the appropriate consequences. That does not mean his predecessor and mentor did so. Indeed Shurtleff has not ever been accused of wrongdoing separate from John Swallow's misdeeds - this may very well be a political smear and unjustified "guilt by association."

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    April 24, 2014 8:07 a.m.

    Hey GD - So you think people are out to get poor, poor Mark Shurtlef, huh?

    "They rely on the word of a criminal entirely."

    Not entirely, yes there's Jensen's testimony and then there is the surreptitious recording that speaks volumes.

    It looks to me like we're dealing with the word of two criminals at least . . a convicted criminal and an unconvicted criminal.

    You seem to be under the impression that a man cannot be a criminal unless he's convicted. The crimes he commits are immaterial.

    If you're a Shurtleff fan, you shouldn't sweat it. It's not likely he'll ever go to prison or even be convicted.

    Utah's CRIMINAL so-called "justice" system will see to that.

  • Rockarolla West Jordan, UT
    April 23, 2014 10:50 p.m.

    You're going to Jail Mark! And you deserve it!

  • GD Syracuse, UT
    April 23, 2014 6:23 p.m.

    I would like to see the investigators go through the same process. I doubt few would come out smelling like a rose. This has been a joke from the beginning. They rely on the word of a criminal entirely. I like Shurtleff and Swallow. I feel bad for both of them. It seems like a vendetta against the two of them. They are going to find something wrong even if it takes millions of state dollars to find something wrong. It is time to stop.

  • aghast SYRACUSE, UT
    April 23, 2014 4:48 p.m.

    Considering that it was Shurtluf employed and groomed his failed successor - tall tails indeed. I hope our new Attorney General and Special Council, can get to the bottom of all this "tallness" and get justice.

  • Petra Sanpete County, UT
    April 23, 2014 4:39 p.m.

    I guess Shurtleff and Swallow are hoping people believe the headlines, that it's all just a "tall tale." The problem is, the facts are not in any sort of "tale" at all. It's a fact, all else discarded for the moment, that Shurtleff and Swallow both went to Jensen's very expensive resort retreat at Jensen's expense, when Shurtleff's office was pointing the finger at Jensen for criminal activity and Shurtleff knew it. I hope these two spend a long time behind bars. Utah deserves better. No ethical lawyer would ever, ever create such a conflict of interest, especially not one supposedly representing the people of an entire state.

  • Lia Sandy, UT
    April 23, 2014 4:20 p.m.

    Yes... they are based on SHURTLEFF'S tall tales. And Swallow's.

  • midvale guy MIDVALE, UT
    April 23, 2014 4:18 p.m.

    I would like nothing more than to see both of these these people prosecuted. Definitely Swallow more than Shurtleff .the truth is they are both guilty and by destroying the necessary data have made it difficult for this to occur. I applaud any effort by the current Atty. Gen. to find evidence against both of them and try to put them in prison for as long as possible. After all, this is what they made a point of doing to everyone else who breaks the law.

  • let's roll LEHI, UT
    April 23, 2014 4:17 p.m.

    The lack of Shurtleff's side of the story in the report is wholly the result of Shurtleff's decision not to share his's silly (and disengeneuous) for him to complain that the report is one sided.

    Also, painting Jensen as an unreliable jailhouse snitch is more than a bit ironic...he's in jail only over the objection of Shurtleff who signed off on a settlement where he'd get no jail time. And if Shurleff was so convinced that Jensen is a schemeing low-life, it really makes you wonder why he thought it was ok to stay, as a guest of Jensen, at his posh digs in SoCal.

    Also high on the irony scale is Shurtleff trying to take some credit for the report's conclusion that Jensen's prosecution wasn't prejudiced by Shurtleff's actions. It was only the Judge who rejected the plea deal that kept Shurtleff from prejudicing the certainly wasn't Shurtleff.

  • danaslc Kearns, UT
    April 23, 2014 4:07 p.m.

    I think this state will look forward to Mr Shurtleff explaining this one.

  • majmajor Layton, UT
    April 23, 2014 2:52 p.m.

    It really wouldn't be "one-sided" if they hadn't destroyed evidence proving their "guilt or innocence." Now the State has to spend even more money to unscramble potential evidence to prosecute these unethical individuals.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    April 23, 2014 1:10 p.m.

    I agree with Shurtleff 110% when he says this is all based on "tall tales."

    Trouble is, it's Shurtleff and Swallow who are telling the tall tales.

  • lket Bluffdale, UT
    April 23, 2014 12:02 p.m.

    he took money from the pay day stores which pray on the poor keeping them in the red forever. they are on every corner in some towns they charge more interest than organized crime does. he did not care about the poor.

  • Objectified Tooele, UT
    April 23, 2014 11:48 a.m.

    "I'm anxious for the day when I get to fully set the record straight," Shurtleff said in this article.
    And yet both he and Swallow turned down requests to be interviewed and tell their side of things for the report and before it was released. Makes it seem Shurtleff isn't quite as anxious as he's now saying.

    Whenever serious and potentially viable allegations are made, it behooves the legal system to look into them. That is exactly what Reyes did in this case. And to avoid any appearance of potential bias or impropriety, he hired a university law professor and a former judge to do the investigation. Seems pretty sensible.

    And now because Shurtleff doesn't like all of its findings (after turning down a chance for rebuttal before the release of the report), he's now making accusations of "tall tales" and such. But having a previous "fixer" (which hasn't been denied) for special A.G. access and special considerations is very disturbing to me and others.

    Even though I voted for Shurtleff multiple times, I have to admit that this doesn't come across as very professional or help his case against alleged improprieties.