Thursday, March 13, 2014

Salt Lake Tribune: House Committee Releases Damning John Swallow Report

A ‘For Sale’ sign on the Utah A.G.’s office?

In the interest of getting the ball rolling this morning, we'll shine the spotlight on two blockbuster Salt Lake Tribune stories, the latest additions to our ever-startling Weber County Forum John Swallow Three-ring Circus series. Here's the lede from last night's Robert Gehrke story, folks:
A damning report from a House committee concluded Wednesday that former Utah Attorney General John Swallow hung a "For Sale" sign on the door of the office, doing favors for wealthy supporters and friends, compromising Utahns’ interests and damaging the integrity of the justice system in the process.
Read up:
And drilling down to the substantive issues revealed in yesterday's report, Trib reporter Marissa Lang reels out a dazzling litany of potential crimes which former AG John Swallow could be charged:
  • Bribery
  • Official misconduct
  • Theft of services
  • Obstruction of justice
  • Evidence tampering
  • Witness tampering
  • Violation of open records laws
  • Other patterns of unlawful of activity. 
Read Ms. Lang's eye-popping earlier story here:
Davis and Salt Lake County prosecutors, Rawlings and Gill: The ball's now clearly in your court. Looks like your cases have been handed to you on a silver platter, thanks to the relentless work of Special Counsel Steven F. Reich, and his support team of carefully selected legal and investigative hot-shots.

And on an equally positive note, it appears that our Utah legislature is busily setting the stage for John Swallow's future "digs," even as the Swallow story continues to play out in the Utah press:
Needless to say, we'll continue to follow this story here on WCF as it develops.

Update 3/13/14 11:34 a.m.:  More from the Salt Lake Tribune's niftiest blogger. The headline says it all:
Mark your bookmark links to WCF, O Gentle Ones.  Our "psychic sensors" detect a whole new raft of articles on this topic coming right up.


Bill H. said...

have to say I don't have much faith in either prosecutors. I
personally know of one case Gill was handed a slam dunk and he
turncoated on.

Lisa said...

Even the house says Swallow broke the law, more than once. What does a guy have to do to get arrested- grow or smoke pot?

Bill H. said...

Im curious if former AG Mark Shirtliff will be brought up on charges too?

blackrulon said...

it is interesting to remember that when Swallow resigned Lt. Governor Cox considered the investigation over and said no charges would be filed.

AWM said...

Yes Lisa, grow and smoke pot for your own use with no intent to distribute and you'll be arrested but not until a para-militarized police force rams down your front door with guns drawn in the middle of the night. BUT, lie, steal and cheat the citizens out of their hard earned tax money and make illegal back door deals bartering the power of your public position and you'll be able to resign and still be eligible to collect a pension.

AWM said...

We can always hope Bill...and with this recent Swallow development it would seem that the odds are getting better that it may happen. There is a reason as soon as this Swallow stuff started to blow up that Shurtleff's high powered Wash DC law practice he went to work for dumped him seemingly overnight and erased all mention of him being employed there. We have yet to hear what it was that drove that action.

smaatguy said...

DAMN!!! you can't make this stuff up! got through about half of where are the freaking handcuffs!!!! and more than one set!

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