@Bob Tanner: "This is the biggest travesty of justice in Utah
"How do you know it was a "travesty of
justice" at all? The case against Mark Shurtleff was dropped. And now
Swallow is acquitted on all charges. They didn't even include a
misdemeanor. Do you believe there was jury tampering? Was the judge biased?
Incompetent prosecutors? I've been watching these cases from
the beginning. Everything about these cases has been troubling and nothing has
been clear to me. I still don't know what the truth is. I'm honestly
curious about what additional information you have. Please share it.
Remember Shawn Cowley, West Valley police officer indicted by Sim Gill for
manslaughter. After a two year nightmare the charges were dismissed. Taxpayer
costs-unknown. The judge said in Cowley's defense, "This is not a case
where he acted recklessly." Couldn't Gill figure this out? Now John Swallow is investigated/prosecuted for four years. 13 indictments.
0 convictions. Two high-profile cases. 0-2 for Gill. Taxpayer
costs-again unknown; but most probably millions. Sim Gill has a
problem. His judgement is flawed. He can't let go of political
resentments. Taxpayers shouldn't continue to fund his gargantuan
mistakes. Gill should go! Now!
We must remember that just because they could not prove it in a court of law
does not mean it was not done - it just means they did not have enough evidence
to prove it.
This is the biggest travesty of justice in Utah history...which I teach.
Honestly someone should write a book about this trial. They could then sell the
movie rights. This is just as improbable as Jimmy Chitworth in Hoosiers or Rocky
Balboa in the Rocky movies. The profits from the movie could help Swallow pay
down his legal fees. The movie could be shot on location in Utah and employ
Utahans. I bet some big name actors would consider some of the parts. Utahans
can make lemonade out of a lemon.
Sounds like the prosecution was trying to force the jury into SWALLOWING garbage
on this one.
John Swallow and his defense team were the big winners. Sim Gill the big loser
for a politically motivated trial that cost Utah untold millions. A thoughtful
and fair DA would have not pursued this case based on the evidence. I just
checked out of State stories and nearly every source reached the same
One thing this whole incident should teach everyone. If you have friends that
have lots of money, and they want to share there good fortune and you begin to
share vacations and a lot of other friendly exchanges. If you get in public
office you have no friends. Distance your self from all.
Sounds like this could have been a witch hunt ... and maybe a waste of tax
Utah haters are hilarious. MOVE THEN!We live in a great state. We
live among great people. Get out and go spend time other places for extended
periods of time. I've lived a third of my life on the east coast and the
west coast."this is what utah is all about". Hogwash! It
sounds like this guy got a fair trial, and paid immensely for it.Sim
Gill might want to tender resignation effective immediately.
@GoosehuntrCorrection....5th and 14th Amendments
@GoosehuntrRemember, always remember....To take the time
and study the 4th and 15th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.Those
who prejudged and made disparaging remarks towards Mr. Swallow, should be
ashamed of themselves.There but for the Grace of God go any of
us.Never judge anybody until they have had their day in court.
I am unaware of much of this case, but I learned how powerful the media can be
in influencing public opinion. Wow. I learned that I need to invest the time
in looking beyond the media. I was swayed against Swallow based on reporting.
I was certain he would be convicted, based on what was presented.I
am ashamed of myself for forming opinions based on media reports and the flavor
of the spin. I am convinced there was a very skilled and knowledgeable jury,
and when the Feds found nothing, it should have ended there. My opinion of
Sim Gill has been influenced by all of this. That opinion is based on his
actions and the result of them . They are what they are. Good luck on the
rebuilding process. Looks like you have many friends who stand by you Mr.
Swallow. That says a lot.
Slow Cooker said: "Was it coincidence that when these false charges were
brought against ousted state attorney general, John Swallow, Judge Shelby
decided to ignore the majority decision of Utah voters to make same-sex marriage
legal?"While I don't know enough about what this connection
referred to is,I appreciate that at least one other person besides me
remembers the egregiousness of "Judge Shelby decided to ignore the majority
decision of Utah voters to make same-sex marriage legal"Thanks
Slow Cooker. At least somebody else remembers.....It infuriated me
that over 2/3rds of Utah voters could have their have their legal legitimate
vote overturned just like that by one man with his own agenda.
Based on what was released in the news last week, I made a prediction that the
jury's decision will come out in favor of Swallow. Prosecution of Swallow
but not Shurtleff was an indication of a problematic scenario for the
prosecutors. How is it that two people allegedly committed the same crime and
one walked away untouched and the other strung up for sacrifice? I wonder if
their self political ambitions got in the way of making good decisions for the
public. Now, Swallow's attorneys want to be paid. Sadly, the taxpayers will
foot the bill.
#recall sim gill
Admittedly, I am out-of-state, and don't know all the details. But, on the
surface, the big winner here was Davis County Attorney, Troy Rawlings. Rawlings
was smart enough to understand there was no case against Shurtleff when the Feds
would not cooperate. He wisely abandoned the case. That is smart lawyering,
that saved the taxpayer millions.Scott Williams and the Swallow
defense team are also winners. Swallow, himself, is a winner for the day. But,
his life has been dumped upside down and will never be the same--to say nothing
of his legal bills.The losers? Judge Hruby-Mills for not declaring
a mistrial. Any judgment against Swallow would have been easily overturned on
appeal after the jury instruction fiasco. Also, Sim Gill is a loser for wasting
who knows how much taxpayer money pursuing the case because, well... he just
knew Swallow had to be guilty, even if the evidence wasn't there. The biggest loser of all? Chou Chou Collins. Her name will forever be
connected with the word "uh-oh."
It's time for Sim Gill to fall on his sword.
And the Utah "Good Ole Boy" System triumphs again.
Was it coincidence that when these false charges were brought against ousted
state attorney general, John Swallow, Judge Shelby decided to ignore the
majority decision of Utah voters to make same-sex marriage legal? Newly
appointed attorney general, Sean Reyes, had insufficient time to fight it,
though he gave a valiant effort. Just a thought.
Congratulations Mr Gill and Media - another witch hunt over. No worries though,
you'll no doubt continue fishing for more innocent conservatives and good
people to pay. You can however take pride in destroying Mr
Swallow's and Shurtleff's lives. Enjoy yours!
Grateful for the diligent and faithful service of the Jurors. Thank you for your
devotion and effort to render true judgment. For John: there is a silver lining
in all your suffering and grief resulting from being accused, yet enduring such
a trial: you can now clearly relate to your Prophet's experience in being
falsely charged and dragged into prison again and again. I suspect that only
those who have been through such a trial can really relate. In conclusion, your
wife, family, friends, and colleagues stood by you. This too, you will never
forget.There is a verse in this song you will now sing differently;
remembering as well, when the song was sung:www.LDS.org/music/library/“A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief”
This whole thing was ginned up, originally, by the Salt Lake Tribune. I
remember reading the stores years ago in the Tribune. They were constant,
creating a drumbeat of innuendo. But I could see nothing criminal in the facts
reported. I read carefully, because I have known John Swallow since law school
and believed him to be a good man. The feds investigated and found nothing to
prosecute. But, that didn't stop Sim Gill. Add this to his list of
failures that have hurt good people before being thrown out. In my opinion, he
is dim-witted and transparently politically motivated.
Sim Gill (not his real name) wasted untold taxpayer dollars proceeding with a
case that he knew he could not win for the sole purpose of political warfare.
Swallow was no choir boy, to be sure, but this prosecution based on the evidence
available was just silly. Sim(not his real name)needs to go.
So nice to read some good news for a change!
Sim Gill has to go. The Swallow case should never have been brought in the first
place. Let's also not forget the case Gill brought against the policeman
in, was it South Jordan? That got thrown out, too (by a very good judge). Seems
Gill lacks good judgment.
I wrote a big piece about how bad the DA office is on this but I can't
point any fingers. I need to be better myself. I am just happy that they both
What a waste of taxpayer's money by a DA with a political agenda. Very
very sad. I hope the public don't forget this when elections come up
It seemed like all the comments over the past months and year have been negative
toward Swallow. I'm glad to see most now are positive. You recognize an
injustice when it's been perpetrated. Where's the accountability of
those that recklessly throw charges at someone? The Feds came in and found
nothing, so intelligently, they dropped the matter. Not Gill.Well
did Shakespeare's Othello say:Who steals my purse steals trash;
'tis something, nothing;'Twas mine, 'tis his, and has been
slave to thousands;But he that filches from me my good nameRobs me
of that which not enriches himAnd makes me poor indeed.Thank
you Utah for at least getting the acquittal right.
Good for him and yes, from day one, he was picked as the scapegoat. I'm
wondering if the crowd that put him out to burn are now getting nervous.
John Swallow innocent of all charges was the correct verdict. The next question
is Sim Gill who brought forward a case that likely cost Utah taxpayers $millions
and ruined an innocent man. There was clearly insufficient evidence to convict
so why the trial? Was it politically motivated? Those are questions that need to
Such an unfortunate situation.
So sad to see a person suffer the cruelty of others when someone from the Exec.
or Legislative branch has it out for that individual. I have seen these witch
hunts time and time again ruin lives & relationships, careers, finances and
the family of the person(s) charged. I'm surprised the Legislative Auditors
weren't leading the battle under the direction of leadership. After all,
in their mind it's a feather in their caps when they can destroy a
reputation. I find it extremely odd that those who feel they have
authority, usually legislative, become self proclaimed defenders of moral virtue
under the guise that they are representing their constituency. It is very easy
to judge others and cast the first stone for these people in which authority has
gone to their heads. Shame on you legislators. You turn on your own at the drop
of a hat. Someone always has to pay in their vindictive minds. Hard to believe
most of these folks proclaim the doctrine of loving their fellow man.Mr. Swallow and Mr. Shurtliff always seemed to be honorable and good men from
what I know of them.Now the rebuilding begins for Mr. Swallow.
I'm sure it is a long process that one never truly gets over.
This seems a sad standard to set for the State of Utah, but then again, perhaps
it really reflects what the state is all about.
Thank heavens. A good man is finally vindicated. A great blessing for him, his
family, and those of us who know him.
We deserve our politicians I suppose. There's something in this case for
everyone. If you liked Swallow then you're glad Gill has egg on his face.
Otherwise, you figure a guilty man walked and the jury couldn't understand
Gill's case.Once again, Salt Lake's polarizing politics
has a tale to tell.
Because Swallow was acquitted and Shurtleff's charges were dropped
doesn't mean their cases were a witch hunt and they didn't misuse
their power and positions as attorney generals. Quite the contrary. Sometimes
people get off because they have high powered high paid legal teams not because
they are completely innocent of the things they were charged with or other
things they may have done. O.J. Simpson is a good example. There are many others
throughout history. Regardless enough taxpayer money has been wasted on their
cases and it is time to move on. Hopefully, their experiences will help them to
be honest lawyers in the private sector. If not, wasted lessons.
I knew from the very beginning that Swallow was innocent. I agree with the
assessment that an innocent man must now face a ruined career and hundreds of
thousands of dollars of debt, yet his accuser, Sam Gill, with the benefit of
paid employees carries on. I think he should be taken from office. This was
indeed a political witch hunt.Justice is served for John Swallow. I
hope that he can even hope to regain some of his life back now. My heart goes
out to him and his family who have suffered greatly for the last 4 years!
Yes! This is a great day for the Swallow family, to be sure. He can recover his
life and move forward and we are grateful.It's a thoughtful
jury that weighed the the matters and found that there was not sufficient
evidence for these charges. But the reason they could seemingly
justify bringing the case to trial, and what they are even talking right now
after the verdict, is "probable cause" - which as most people know who
have some understanding of legal matters is one of the lowest bars ever invented
and a disgrace to due and fair process and individual rights. I
was so very impressed from the time of the press conference a long time ago when
John Swallow defended himself, he came across sincerely as an honest person,
because that is what he is.This case never should have been brought,
and much damage was done as a result, and this is true with so many unwarranted
What an absolute waste of time and money !!!! someone should be held
accountable.Sorry for Mr. Swallow and his family. Pray time will heal
Sim Gill needs to quit.
Like a bad rash, it's finally over.
Even though John Swallow won the battle, he lost the war. Career ruined,
hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal bills; where's the justice in
that? Sim Gill started this wanting to look like a courageous corruption
fighter for political purposes. What is he out now that he's lost?
Nothing! John Swallow is the looser and so are the taxpayers.
So, where does a man go to get his reputation back?And who is going
to pay the millions of dollars it likely cost Swallow to defend himself against
the unlimited legal manhours expended against him?Swallow may not be
an angel, but we can say for sure he is not a criminal.District
Attorney Sim Gill needs to be held accountable for his pursuit of a highly
politicized case long after it was clear there was not much evidence.In the background, the prosecution's star witness who refused to testify
is probably secretly glad to see the prosecutors "hoisted by their own
petard."Welcome back to freedom, Mr. Swallow!
I bet the defense is happy that the judge did not grant the motion for a
Once charges against Mark Shurtleff were dropped, I was surprised that charges
against John Swallow weren't dropped. I don't know all the facts of
this case, but it's time for Sim Gill as Salt Lake County Attorney to go.
Mr. Gill wasted a lot of taxpayer money pursuing this prosecution and I do start
to wonder if it was politically motivated. I hope the citizens of Salt Lake
County are smart enough to vote Sim Gill out of office if he chooses to run
We all knew from the start that this was a witch hunt.
Thank goodness. It's fun when the circus comes to town, but I'm glad
it's over. Regardless of what people think about "where there's
that much smoke there has to be fire," the way it played out did not lend
itself to proof beyond a reasonable doubt. Hopefully the public, the
prosecutors, and Mr. Swallow can get on with life. But I worry about the
assymetry in a case like this. Yes, Mr. Swallow appropriately gets the benefit
of innocent until proven guilty -- but the prosecution essentially has an
unlimited budget with salaried employees while Mr. Swallow has been forced to
pay quality attorneys their hourly rates for I cringe to think how many hours.
Finally. A very good man acquitted on all charges, as he should have been.
I knew all along that he was not guilty. Anyone who takes the time to hear his
side and studies the issues , would know. So the legislature wasted millions of
tax-payer dollars to destroy Mr. Swallow's reputation.
I think the judge punted on this one. Even the possibility that the jury
discussed and debated the issues and facts surrounding a charge that had been
dropped is probably sufficient basis for a mistrial. They have been declared in
cases involving even weaker procedural errors. Even if the error was
"probably harmless", once contaminated by possible improper
considerations, you really need to go back and start over again with a new jury
. . . just what we need! The motion for mistrial preserved the issue for
appeal and, rather than even the possibility of injustice through that error, if
I were on the appellate court, I would send it back down for retrial.
Hung jury or not? The charges should be dropped. This was a cooked deal by Sam
Gill and his associates from the beginning. Let Swallow go!
Can Williams say anything except "mistrial?" I realize he is the
defense attorney but that motion has failed every time and pretty soon it is
going to look bad if he brings it up again. He'd do better by trusting that
the jury believed his defense rather than not wanting them to consider the
evidence. If there's a mistrial then the whole thing happens again and
maybe the State will learn from their mistakes, Jensen would get the immunity
from the Feds he sought, and then Swallow would be in more jeopardy. I'd
let the jury have it all and see what they think, unless of course you're
worried that the State did make its case on a charge or two.
Great stuff for a SNL skit.
This is just getting better and better for Swallow. Not sure who
was responsible for the jury instructions. But, I'm guessing the judge is
the main person responsible. Then, I am also guessing prosecution and defense
attorneys also should have made sure the instructions were correct. When you are sitting on a jury, and the judge and the attorneys involved
can't figure out what charges were dropped, it starts to get a bit