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