Allegations of corruption land on Shurtleff, Swallow

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  • mrjj69 bountiful, UT
    July 16, 2014 8:47 p.m.

    "IF" they are guilty, they deserve a long prison sentence.

  • stampederus Ephraim, UT
    July 16, 2014 7:37 p.m.

    There is an adage that that should be followed in politics or business , " it's not only got to be right, it's got to look right." Shurtleff's and Swallow's actions certainly do not look right.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    July 16, 2014 7:08 p.m.

    It is amazing the governor is so concerned about this but does't relate his actions on the I-core freeway project and contribution funds to his campaign with similar motivations.

    When you sit high and are in a fish bowl, you have to be careful. The majority of citizens don't do their civic duty to vote or even know what our elected officials are doing. The federal government is so bogged down with their own problems and politicians and bureaucrats swinging their weight that very few care. We are a nation who is filled with so much information we have tuned out the important and soul searching processes. We allow our elected officials to skew the system.

    Mr. Shurtleff and Swallow didn't listen to their own employees in the AG's as Mr. Shurtleff was preparing to get Mr. Swallow elected, come hook or crook. They appear to be like the former Governor of Illinois that kept on saying he was innocent to the end. The Davis County DA is Republican. The House is and still came to a similar conclusion that something was rotten in Denmark. Truth is truth. Only the facts change.

  • kolob1 sandy, UT
    July 16, 2014 6:17 p.m.

    The Attorney General should be appointed by the party not in the governorship. That will keep everybody honest, you think?

  • zerowolfe olivehurst, CA
    July 16, 2014 5:10 p.m.

    who was swallow's replacement as attorney general?...they all answer to and advise governor herbert,right?...time to herbert!

  • Eliot Genola, UT
    July 16, 2014 3:46 p.m.

    The prosecutor did not object to the judge waiving bail. The only reason you would want to put an accused person behind bars while they await trial is if you believe they will cause harm to themselves or others, or if you think they will flee the jurisdiction. Since neither scenario seems likely, waiving bail is appropriate. Didn't any of you ever watch Law and Order?

  • kolob1 sandy, UT
    July 16, 2014 3:37 p.m.

    "criminal behavior never before seen in the state's rather tame political scene" If you think they are the only crooked politicians in Utah then you had better go back to reading your religious texts.

  • nonceleb Salt Lake City, UT
    July 16, 2014 3:22 p.m.

    Interesting to me is how the two papers headlined this story with photos. The Tribune had mug shots. The Deseret News had a very sympathy-inducing photo of Shurtleff being hugged by his daughter while holding crutches.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    July 16, 2014 2:40 p.m.

    DOJ did NOT "clear" them. It dropped the investigation, but did not clear anyone.

  • snowman Provo, UT
    July 16, 2014 2:38 p.m.

    LDS can vote how they want. We are not told how to vote.

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    July 16, 2014 2:07 p.m.

    Lolly -

    "Confronting an innocent teenager with drawn pistol can't be called anything but abuse"

    And who, other than the Shurtleffs, makes that claim?

    I could be wrong, but I kind of doubt his daughter was confronted and threatened by anyone with a drawn pistol.

    That story was initiated by Shurtleff, and what is his word worth?

    And yes, absolutely there was police abuse . . . a definite abuse of power. What else can you call it when Utah's top cops actively solicit bribes.

  • Bendana 99352, WA
    July 16, 2014 2:02 p.m.

    "Court documents describe a five-year trail of criminal behavior never before seen in the state's rather tame political scene."

    Never before seen or never before uncovered?

  • riverofsun St.George, UT
    July 16, 2014 1:32 p.m.

    Wondering if Shurtliff's and Swallow's passports were confiscated by authorities?
    Recall reading in the DN that Swallow had a bag of $ 10,000 cash in his home when authorities searched it.
    Strange "no bail" situation.
    How many others arrested, receive such special treatment?
    How come these two rate?

  • My house was stolen Roy , UT
    July 16, 2014 12:22 p.m.

    I find it amazing that the DOJ cleared these two. With this many charges called minimal, leaves me to believe corruption exists within the DOJ. If this is indeed true, this damages the trust in the system. Most certainly reinforcing my distrust that exists in the system. Two sets of rules. Theirs and ours. $250,000 bail not paid as per article, "Bail was set at $250,000 each, but a judge ordered their releases on the condition they promise to appear in court." Anyone else would have remained in jail until they could post.

  • CMO Beaver Beaver, UT
    July 16, 2014 11:56 a.m.

    pretty sure it didn't land on them... they stepped right into it

  • SharpHooks Sandy, UT
    July 16, 2014 11:56 a.m.


    I can't imagine a Republican--especially HERE---accusing any democrat of "politically motivated" activity.
    That's ALL the republicans here do.
    Washington has nothing to do wit this thread.

  • Schwa South Jordan, UT
    July 16, 2014 11:54 a.m.

    I love the narrative that somehow this is politically motivated. Meanwhile, the Davis County DA, the head of the SBI, the Speaker of the House, and the head of the House investigative committee are all Republicans. But somehow this is Sim Gill being political? How dare you. Sim Gill is an honorable man, and Shurtleff/Swallow are quite obviously corrupt.

  • SharpHooks Sandy, UT
    July 16, 2014 11:40 a.m.

    There is ZERO religious or political leverage at play here. Criminals are criminals---and felony warrants are not issued on a rumor or whim. These are not mild charges---they have been researched and dealt with according to law that applies to you and me.
    Being employed in law does not put you above the law.
    Sure they proclaim their innocence. But that is not for us to decide.

  • Built2Last Provo, UT
    July 16, 2014 11:17 a.m.

    1Observer - "I find it laughable that some commenters claim that you should vote Democrat, non-Mormon or whatever."

    I couldn't agree with you more. We are talking about allegations of wrong doing at this point, and people are already dancing around on their graves singing hallelujah. If they are found guilty of the things they are charged with, they deserve to face the consequences.

    What I can't believe is that any Democrat could, with a straight face, lecture the Republicans about corruption within the party with the current level of corruption we see in news stories on a daily basis coming out of Washington, D.C. and all over the country. I suggest you focus your efforts on cleaning up your own party before you try to convert your Republican friends to a "better way."

  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    July 16, 2014 10:31 a.m.

    One party dominance, whether it be Democrat or Republican, is never a good thing. Politicians begin to think they are insulated and above the law and that the dominant party apparatus will protect them...

  • Johnnyoh! ,
    July 16, 2014 10:04 a.m.

    We should let the Justice system as broken as it is play out.
    As I close my eyes and recall the symbol of Justice a Statue of a very proud woman, blindfolded, and holding a scale to weigh the evidence presented before the court the scale of justice will move to guilty or not guilty, so it should be, anything less is unacceptable no matter of your political affiliation.

  • New to Utah PAYSON, UT
    July 16, 2014 9:58 a.m.

    Politics is the central theme of this whole affair. Sim Gill the Democrat Parties most visible Utah point man for both Holder and Obama is going to be accused of playing politics. Choreographing the excessive force in searching Swallow and Shurtleffs homes and then having them arrested at their homes makes compelling theatre. It also raises questions of motive.My opinion is that there is clearly problems in the system. Utah law needs to be tightened up.It looks like it is going to be a long and bumpy ride.

  • dalefarr South Jordan, Utah
    July 16, 2014 9:35 a.m.

    If Swallow had been appointed, he would have been fired but nothing else would have happened.
    Neither Shurtleff nor Swallow would have been prosecuted for their alleged criminal acts. And if we ever have a corrupt Governor, or any other corrupt prominent politician, it's unlikely an appointed AG would ever act. Ditto for politically connected white collar criminals. The solution is not to make the attorney general a political plum to be awarded to a loyal member of the political network.

  • Tekakaromatagi Dammam, Saudi Arabia
    July 16, 2014 9:27 a.m.

    The Grandmother Rule, "If your grandmother knew what you were doing, would she approve?" If the answer is no then you shouldn't be doing it.

    Don't accept favors from people you are investigating. Even if there is no quid pro quo. It looks rotten.

  • dalefarr South Jordan, Utah
    July 16, 2014 9:19 a.m.

    Good comprehensive article by the D-New. It's nice to see that journalism is not dead at the D-News.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    July 16, 2014 8:34 a.m.

    Just a note. Any connection between this case and Harry Reid were cleared a long time ago. Investigators found no evidence any connection existed.

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    July 16, 2014 8:28 a.m.

    Hey Patriot -

    " It is hard to know who is guilty or innocent and who is telling the truth when politics is involved."

    When is politics NOT involved in criminal cases?

    If individuals from the wrong side of the tracks violate a law, the repercussions for them will ALWAYS be considerably worse than for someone in the right social class.

    Money talks in Utah's Criminal Justice System, and so does social status, having the right friends, and belonging to the right religion. Not only does it talk, but it's very persuasive.

    And that's not just true in Utah.

    I'm surprised these two were even charged, given the fact that their peers, friends, and colleagues in Utah's Criminal so-called justice system are the ones doing the charging.

  • 1Observer Cottonwood Heights, UT
    July 16, 2014 8:21 a.m.

    These kinds of charges are typically things you see in other states. It is tragic that two people entrusted by the citizens to uphold the law seemed to have such disregard for that law. I find it laughable that some commenters claim that you should vote Democrat, non-Mormon or whatever. Unfortunately, corruption knows no political or religious bounds. Take a look at California, New York, Alabama, Louisiana or nearly any other state and you will find politicians of all stripes involved in criminal or unethical activity. Fortunately, my experience is that most of the people elected to political offices are good people trying to do the right thing. But there are scoundrels and that is who we hear about in the news, not the 80% who are trying to do the right things in the right ways. If we want good people in office, we need to encourage good people to run and we need to carefully examine candidates and vote for them on their merits and not on their political party or religious affiliation.

  • jimhale Eugene, OR
    July 16, 2014 8:19 a.m.

    Let's not reject such allegations with a "it couldn't happen in Utah" attitude. Corruption in Utah government dates back at least to the early seventies - the days of Democratic governor Calvin Rampton - when left turn lanes on State Street were sold left and right.

  • midvale guy MIDVALE, UT
    July 16, 2014 8:16 a.m.

    @marxist-I don't believe that dishonesty is specific to any single political party. I'm sure there is a pattern of corruption in many parts of Utah politics and national politics but I would challenge you to prove that it is party specific in any way. The fact they were raising the money to bribe Harry Reid (DEM) says a lot too. One might jump to the conclusion that he can be bought as well. I would hope if the feds had any evidence on him they would pursue it as well. I do not agree with the judge waving the $250,000 in bail. These gentlemen were charged with enforcing the law and in turn broke the law and should have to go through the same problems normal people go through when they get into the system. I will definitely be voting this judge out at the next possible election.

  • bullet56 Olympia, WA
    July 16, 2014 8:01 a.m.

    I find it interesting that local officials are out of shape over the FBI bringing charges. It makes sense if locals are all of the same party and mind set. Let truth shine its light of investigation and evidence on the scene.

  • Lolly Lehi, UT
    July 16, 2014 7:45 a.m.

    This case has sure cost a lot of money to gather evidence. The thing that still haunts my wife and I is the raid on the Shurtleff home when law enforcement knew that Mark was not home. Confronting an innocent teenager with drawn pistol can't be called anything but abuse. We shall see how this all turns out but as the Governor said yesterday, it is a huge negative on the state of Utah's reputation.

  • Befuddled WEST VALLEY CITY, UT
    July 16, 2014 7:27 a.m.

    Salt Lake City, UT -

    I recall seeing Harry Reid's (democrat) name in the story, will be interesting to see where that leads. The very nature of politicians regardless of party is unethical! That has to change! These jobs were never intended to be career positons but a call to civil service.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    July 16, 2014 7:05 a.m.

    Politically motivated? The House of Representatives of our State had enough for Mr. Swallow to resign as AG. That as a lot of
    Republicans involved in that process. Mr. Swallow was Mr. Shurtleff's chief deputy and chief adviser. Mr. Shurtleff should have been seeing the actions that he was doing as "little by little" going in the wrong direction for the AG's office. There were plenty of their staff that noticed the trend. Mr. Reyes wants not to have a black hole over his office but when the past 4 years or more happened, it is a good day to see action taken by the House and DA's of two Utah counties and the Department of Public Safety involved in the cleanup of alleged violations. Mr. Shurtleff had plenty of time to do the right thing in his prior office after some of the alleged violations surfaced in 2012 against candidate Swallow. He stuck with Swallow by officially pushing him to get elected the last week prior to the election. He said awhile back that he now wishes "John" hadn't done some things. Their camps are now divided and Rome fell. Pride still is there.

  • FWJ Junction City, KS
    July 16, 2014 7:04 a.m.

    Evidence that this is indeed a witch hunt for political purposes: Gill refers to the charges as "minimal", yet insisted upon both the S.W.A.T. style service of a simple search warrant, (bordering on police brutality) and upon arresting them at their homes, as if the charges were much more serious,for example gun running. The only legitimate reason for such tactics are political, nothing in the charges warranted such excessive use of the enforcement branch. Such antics make for some great theater but they are still Cromwellian (Man For All Seasons) and indicative of motive.

  • Uncle_Fester Niskayuna, NY
    July 16, 2014 6:37 a.m.

    I worked for Client #9 in NY and we all saw how that went. My view of this is that politics corrputs and the more power that office holders have the more likely they are to commit criminal acts.

  • JustGordon Cottonwood Heights, UT
    July 16, 2014 5:03 a.m.

    I find it telling that the political corruption story in Utah of the 21st century has generated only two comments, neither of which express outrage that the chief law enforcement officers of this state are charged with numerous counts of breaking Utah law and ethics violations. By the way, the charges could end up resulting in sentences of up to 30 years, not 15.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    July 16, 2014 1:45 a.m.

    Does anybody besides me see the humor in calling Utah "the best managed state" in the midst of this mess? Makes you wonder just how much filth there is, doesn't it?

    Nothing is going to change until Utahns (especially LDS Utahns) decide that they will not face damnation if they vote for non-Republicans. Don't want to vote for a Democrat? There are other options.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    July 15, 2014 11:13 p.m.

    I can't imagine facing 15 years in prison at their age and stage of life when they should be enjoying grandchildren and retirement. It is hard to know who is guilty or innocent and who is telling the truth when politics is involved. Where there is smoke there is at least some fire so I suspect these men will most likely be facing some sort of behind bar time.

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    July 15, 2014 10:46 p.m.

    I believe in the legal system. In the meantime, all those who live in glass houses should not throw stones!

  • let's roll LEHI, UT
    July 15, 2014 8:29 p.m.

    I'm more than willing to give Mr. Shurtliff and Mr. Swallow the presumption of innocence until the legal process concludes.

    By the same token, Mr. Shurtliff shouldn't expect me, or anyone else, to give any credence to his attempts to ascribe any political or untoward motivation to the charges until the legal process concludes.