Friday, November 21, 2014

Salt Lake Tribune: Ex-Utah AG Swallow Faces a New Felony Charge

Sodden question: What other yet-uncharged allegations does SLC D.A. Sim Gill  have still simmerin' on the back burner?

On the heels of yesterday's news that Davis County Attorney Troy Rawlings filed a motion in 3rd District Court to drop a charge for racketeering against former Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff, we learn from the Salt Lake Tribune this morning that Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill has now upped the prosecutorial ante, with new criminal charge filed against John Swallow, Shurtleff's A.G. successor, and former co-defendant. Here's the lede from this morning's Jennifer Bobbner story:
Embattled former Utah Attorney General John Swallow faces a new felony charge for allegedly taking a Nevada houseboat trip paid for by a campaign contributor whom he also had defended in a state consumer protection investigation.
The new charge — a second-degree felony count of accepting a gift — brings the total tally against Swallow to 14 and reflects the nature of an ongoing probe, Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill said.
The charge, filed Thursday in 3rd District Court, is tied to a five-day Lake Mead houseboat trip prosecutors say Swallow took with his family in June 2010, while he was then-Attorney General Mark Shurtleff’s chief deputy, at the expense of Jared Pierce.
Read up, peeps:
"It didn’t surprise us. We knew that it would be coming along," Swallow’s attorney, Stephen McCaughey, said of the new charge, thus triggering the question:  "What other yet-uncharged allegations does SLC D.A. Sim Gill have still simmerin' on the back burner?"


rudizink said...

How about urging current GOP Attorney General Sean Reyes suing Shurteff and Swallow, as the most depraved Utah Attorney Generals in Utah history? Don't hold you breath, people. This little twit Reyes is "cut from the same cloth."

Bob Becker said...

Give n the remarkabke number of people eager to give gifts of free stays at swank resorts or houseboat trips and the like to Utahns, I 'd like to announce that I am not employed by any agency of state government and so am free to accept housebat vacations, weeks in exclusive resorts and such like with no danger of awkward legal or pr blowback for the giver. Your largess can be safely conferred on me. Plus, you get to say should an awkward freebie to a pol turn up, that you had no ulterior motive, that you give such things to those who can do you no good at all all the time --- why in fact just last year you sent that retired history chap, Becker I think was his name, to Hawaii for two weeks. Nothing in it for you at all.( Consider gifting me big travel as "motive insurance" should things get awkward elsewhere.

Have your people call my people for dates still available.

blackrulon said...

Given the regard that people currently hold on Swallow and Shurtleff your legal opinion is likely to be held in higher esteem than theirs

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