Mark Shurtleff vehemently denies allegations, has strong words for district attorney

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  • ute alumni SLC, UT
    July 16, 2014 9:26 a.m.

    "most evil and powerful men....." Really?

  • Jonathan W. Fink Salt Lake City, UT
    July 16, 2014 9:17 a.m.

    Are the charges politically motivated? Of course the charges are politically motivated. Sim Gill is a politician and is going to ride this horse to reelection. Regardless, Gill's motivations do no speak to the truth or falsehood of the charges. Only time will answer that question. Fortunately for Gill, we won't know the answer until after this fall's elections.

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    July 16, 2014 8:56 a.m.

    There is no question that this case and the Cowley case are political grandstanding by Gill. But Swallow and Shurtleff's do need to aired. It's just the timing is suspect due to the election in a few months.

  • Utah_1 Salt Lake City, UT
    July 15, 2014 6:27 p.m.

    "Shurtleff said he believes the investigation should never have gotten this far and should have been dropped after the Department of Justice declined to prosecute. The DOJ's resources, he said, far exceed those of any local county prosecutor, and its agenda wasn't political."

    Rubbish. The DOJ dropped the ball. Utah didn't. Today was a great day for Utah.

  • Pa. Reader Harrisburg, PA
    July 15, 2014 5:51 p.m.

    regis -- He is playing to the jury...
    The only real hope these two have of walking is to play on the same gullibility and group think mentality that makes Utah the affinity crime capital of the nation. Deflect, deny, vilify others, and count on the fears and prejudices of those who want to believe them, despite evidence of their greed and guilt. Then hope an eventual jury has at least one or two members who are true believers in these "wonderful family men."

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    July 15, 2014 4:48 p.m.

    Are these federal charges, which somehow got resurrected after the feds declined to charge Shurtleff or Swallow several times in the past, and strictly Utah charges brought by Sim Gill, or a combination of both?

    Sim Gill certainly has been very adept at exploiting the troubles of Shurtleff and Swallow to maximum political advantage for himself. That is not proof that his motivation was purely political, but it certainly raises some doubt about the veracity of his repeated protestations that he is just doing his job going after crooks.

    We shall see how all this plays out when evidence is put before the jury.

    With enough investigation and time, just about any law abiding citizen can be charged with a list of alleged crimes. Given the scrutiny on Shurtleff and Swallow, mainly on allegations from a convicted con man, they may have done some things which may prove to be illegal in the long run.

    Innocent until proven guilty. Except in the media and the court of public opinion, who have already concluded their guilt and are salivating at the thought of a public hanging.

  • Atlas Smashed Santa Monica, CA
    July 15, 2014 4:42 p.m.

    Very few days have made me more proud to be an American than today.

    Even the most evil and powerful men in this state aren't above the law. It doesn't matter whether you're a democrat or a republican.

    Thank you Mr Gill for your service and dedication to our state. I don't know where we would be without your service. God bless you and god bless our state! May justice be served and the truth revealed!

  • regis Salt Lake City, UT
    July 15, 2014 4:37 p.m.

    I'm thinking that both sides ought to keep their comments to the media to a minimum, and just concentrate on presenting their respective cases to a jury.

  • Noodlekaboodle Poplar Grove, UT
    July 15, 2014 4:29 p.m.

    I think Gill has a point, his co prosecutor, a Republican. The state legislator, very very very very Republican. The Lt Gov, you guess it, a Republican. So you have Sim Gill who's a Democrat, and the FBI, which I guess has a good mix between Republicans and Democrats. Sure doesn't look politically motivated to me. As for being arrested at home, I find such irony that Mr. Shurtleff is throwing such a fit, when he did the same thing for years as the AG. You reap what you sow, and he did.

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    July 15, 2014 4:28 p.m.

    I agree with Swallow and Shurtleff, doesn't Gill know who he's dealing with? How dare he treat them like normal citizens who have broken the law? Doesn't he know that the rules don't apply to them? We should be giving them a standing ovation and another House boat courtesy of Jeremy Johnson!

    How dare the laws that apply to you and me apply to the chosen ones, Swallow and Shurtleff!

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    July 15, 2014 4:20 p.m.

    There is an old saying among lawyers:

    1. If the law is on you're side, pound on the law.
    2. If the facts are on you're side, pound on the facts.
    3. If neither the law or the facts are on your side you pound on the podium.

    I fear the former AG is resorting to pounding on the podium.

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    July 15, 2014 4:15 p.m.

    What a piece of work.
    They need to throw the book at them, make an example. We don't need a good ol' boys network anymore.