SWALLOW - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/feeds/topics/SWALLOW News from The Salt Lake Tribune en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) Jenson’s push to get Swallow, Shurtleff to testify dealt setback http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57828197-78/jenson-sltrib-attorney-case.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57828197-78/jenson-sltrib-attorney-case.html.csp">Jenson’s push to get Swallow, Shurtleff to testify dealt setback</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Marissa Lang</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-17T12:33:23.228-06:00">Updated Apr 17, 2014 12:33PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Jailed businessman Marc Sessions Jenson has suffered a setback in his efforts to drag former Utah Attorneys General John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff into court, but that doesn’t mean he’s going to stop trying. Jenson’s lawyer hopes to show his client was singled out and prosecuted in retaliation for bucking the alleged “pay-to-play” scheme at the heart of the Swallow scandal. But 3rd District Judge Elizabeth Hruby-Mills denied a motion Tuesday for an evidentiary hearing at which defense attorney...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57828197@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:33:23 MDT Utah legislators won’t try overriding governor’s vetoes http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57818719-90/governor-herbert-vetoes-bill.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57818719-90/governor-herbert-vetoes-bill.html.csp">Utah legislators won’t try overriding governor’s vetoes</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Robert Gehrke</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-15T09:13:14.245-06:00">Updated Apr 15, 2014 09:13AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Utah legislators will not come back into session this summer to override three vetoes issued by Gov. Gary Herbert, including one arising from the investigation of former Attorney General John Swallow, agreeing the issues can be addressed later. Support in both the House and Senate fell well short of the two-thirds majorities that would be needed to override Herbert’s vetoes — with 34 representatives and only eight senators supporting reversing the governor. It would take 50 House members and 20 ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57818719@www.sltrib.com Tue, 15 Apr 2014 09:13:14 MDT A.G.’s office: Former Swallow and Shurtleff deputy placed on leave http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57796131-78/torgensen-swallow-attorney-lawson.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57796131-78/torgensen-swallow-attorney-lawson.html.csp">A.G.’s office: Former Swallow and Shurtleff deputy placed on leave</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By tom harvey </span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">and Robert Gehrke</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-10T09:36:52.738-06:00">Updated Apr 10, 2014 09:36AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">A top deputy to former Utah Attorneys General John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff was placed on paid administrative leave Wednesday during “internal investigations” into his conduct. Kirk Torgensen, whose name also has surfaced in outside probes of the scandal-scarred office, had previously been demoted by new Attorney General Sean Reyes, who had assigned him to run training meetings but gave him no permanent post. Reyes’ spokeswoman, Missy Larsen, confirmed Torgensen’s placement on paid leave “pen...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57796131@www.sltrib.com Thu, 10 Apr 2014 09:36:52 MDT New report raises new questions about Swallow, Shurtleff http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57792545-78/johnson-shurtleff-swallow-john.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57792545-78/johnson-shurtleff-swallow-john.html.csp">New report raises new questions about Swallow, Shurtleff</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Robert Gehrke</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-11T14:12:18.946-06:00">Updated Apr 11, 2014 02:12PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">An unreleased report by a pair of House investigators delves into the relationship between Jeremy Johnson and former Utah Attorneys General Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow along with the role played by the federal prosecutor who was handling the indicted businessman’s case. The report includes a transcript of a recorded meeting between Johnson and Shurtleff, raises questions about the disappearance of potentially hundreds of other Johnson recordings and lays out a sworn statement from a lawyer w...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57792545@www.sltrib.com Fri, 11 Apr 2014 14:12:18 MDT Defense argues ex-AGs have info that could clear Jenson http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57754557-78/jenson-attorney-mumford-shurtleff.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57754557-78/jenson-attorney-mumford-shurtleff.html.csp">Defense argues ex-AGs have info that could clear Jenson</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Marissa Lang</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-31T21:44:04.063-06:00">Updated Mar 31, 2014 09:44PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The Utah attorney general’s office’s decision to criminally charge jailed businessman Marc Sessions Jenson with fraud was politically driven, personally motivated and legally improper, his attorney argued Monday. And if given the chance to put former attorneys general John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff on the stand, defense attorney Marcus Mumford said, he’ll prove it. “Mr. Jenson has rights, and those rights include the right to due process. He is certainly entitled to know what evidence has been...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57754557@www.sltrib.com Mon, 31 Mar 2014 21:44:04 MDT Jenson lawyer: Swallow, Shurtleff have info that could clear client http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57744955-78/jenson-sltrib-attorney-case.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57744955-78/jenson-sltrib-attorney-case.html.csp">Jenson lawyer: Swallow, Shurtleff have info that could clear client</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Marissa Lang</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-30T19:52:50.272-06:00">Updated Mar 30, 2014 07:52PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Jailed businessman Marc Sessions Jenson is on the hunt for evidence he believes will clear his name in the fraud case against him. The truth, his lawyers insist, is out there. And he wants a chance to unearth it — even if it means dragging former Utah Attorneys General Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow, among others, into court. But acting Utah County Attorney Tim Taylor, who is prosecuting the case against Jenson, wrote in a motion filed with 3rd District Court last week that no such exonerating ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57744955@www.sltrib.com Sun, 30 Mar 2014 19:52:50 MDT Letter: Convictions of Shurtleff, Swallow on ‘Twelfth of Never’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57730383-82/shurtleff-swallow-twelfth-begin.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57730383-82/shurtleff-swallow-twelfth-begin.html.csp">Letter: Convictions of Shurtleff, Swallow on ‘Twelfth of Never’</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-29T01:01:04.343-06:00">Updated Mar 29, 2014 01:01AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">“Until the Twelfth of Never, and that’s a long, long time” is when Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow will begin their well-deserved prison sentences. R.W. “Dick” Palmer Sandy</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57730383@www.sltrib.com Sat, 29 Mar 2014 01:01:04 MDT Key Swallow deputy on investigators’ radar http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57708969-90/torgensen-attorney-office-swallow.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57708969-90/torgensen-attorney-office-swallow.html.csp">Key Swallow deputy on investigators’ radar</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Marissa Lang</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">and Robert Gehrke</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-27T18:43:25.418-06:00">Updated Mar 27, 2014 06:43PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">There is a footnote nestled toward the end of the 183rd page of the Utah House Special Investigative Committee report on former Attorney General John Swallow. Almost an aside, the note draws attention to another person — a man who was a fixture in the inner circles of Swallow and his predecessor, Mark Shurtleff, and whose actions now appear to be under growing scrutiny. “In the course of its investigation, the committee learned that, in addition to Mr. Swallow’s deleted emails, a large volume o...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57708969@www.sltrib.com Thu, 27 Mar 2014 18:43:25 MDT Breakdown of costs reveals how Swallow probe grew and grew http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57731322-90/swallow-probe-attorney-sltrib.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57731322-90/swallow-probe-attorney-sltrib.html.csp">Breakdown of costs reveals how Swallow probe grew and grew</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Robert Gehrke</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-26T10:07:09.941-06:00">Updated Mar 26, 2014 10:07AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The Utah House’s multimillion-dollar probe of then-Attorney General John Swallow spanned at least three states, drawing on 17 investigators and 10 outside lawyers who spent more than 9,300 hours running down dozens of leads. “I didn’t know going into it what the scope would be,” Rep. Jim Dunnigan, R-Taylorsville, said Tuesday. “As we got into it, we saw the scope kept expanding. There were many allegations that were made, so we had to kind of decide which ones to focus on and we kind of had ......</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57731322@www.sltrib.com Wed, 26 Mar 2014 10:07:09 MDT Op-ed: Moms for Clean Air saw the raw power of industry lobbyists http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57709616-82/lobbyists-clean-citizens-utah.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57709616-82/lobbyists-clean-citizens-utah.html.csp">Op-ed: Moms for Clean Air saw the raw power of industry lobbyists</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Cherise Udell</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-22T01:01:07.011-06:00">Updated Mar 22, 2014 01:01AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The John Swallow case shows political corruption in Utah at its finest. In essence, Swallow, as Utah Attorney General, had a “for sale” sign on his office door. Unfortunately, what Swallow did was not unique. He got caught and thoroughly exposed. The experience of citizen advocates lobbying for clean air this past legislative session revealed that many elected officials in Utah have also been seduced by big money and power. This was demonstrated to us with daily high-fives and chummy back-slappi...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57709616@www.sltrib.com Sat, 22 Mar 2014 01:01:07 MDT Letter: Caucus system gave us Lee, Swallow; destroy it http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57698954-82/system-caucus-compromise-count.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57698954-82/system-caucus-compromise-count.html.csp">Letter: Caucus system gave us Lee, Swallow; destroy it</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-22T01:01:03.705-06:00">Updated Mar 22, 2014 01:01AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Re the “compromise” on the Count My Vote initiative: This new alternative system is a step forward, but it is not enough (“Deal on Count My Vote gets lawmakers’ OK, sent to gov,” Tribune, March 5). Any system that gives us Mike Lee and John Swallow needs to be thrown out in its entirety. A new system should be constructed from the ground up, with strong built-in safeguards to ensure that fools (Lee) and felons (Swallow) can no longer be appointed by the few to high office. When the few choose ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57698954@www.sltrib.com Sat, 22 Mar 2014 01:01:03 MDT Rolly: Swallow chasers refuse to clean their own House http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57703818-82/sltrib-lobbyists-swallow-delegates.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57703818-82/sltrib-lobbyists-swallow-delegates.html.csp">Rolly: Swallow chasers refuse to clean their own House</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By PAUL ROLLY</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-21T16:47:34.585-06:00">Updated Mar 21, 2014 04:47PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The Republican-dominated Utah House of Representatives shined during this past year when it oversaw an investigation that found several ethical and legal violations were committed by Republican Attorney General John Swallow. Much of the muck, House-appointed investigators found, centered around dark campaign money that was deliberately laundered through various PACs to hide the source of the cash. So the rally cry went out and several ethics bills were proffered to bring more transparency to the...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57703818@www.sltrib.com Fri, 21 Mar 2014 16:47:34 MDT Connecting dots: John Swallow and the curse of Dark Money ... http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57708228-82/money-utah-http-dark.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57708228-82/money-utah-http-dark.html.csp">Connecting dots: John Swallow and the curse of Dark Money ...</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"></span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-20T13:16:23.437-06:00">Updated Mar 20, 2014 01:16PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The New York Times ran a major article the other day about the scandal that brought down disgraced former Utah Attorney General John Swallow. It wasn’t just a parachute journalism job that repeated the amazing work done by Salt Lake Tribune reporters, or one of those big city scribes making us hicks look bad. No, it was the Utah story as an example — an extreme example, perhaps — of a national political problem called Dark Money. There’s a lot to say: — A Campaign Inquiry in Utah Is the Watchdog...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57708228@www.sltrib.com Thu, 20 Mar 2014 13:16:23 MDT Letter: Lee, Reid named in Swallow probe shows need for system change http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57693607-82/reid-lee-campaign-corruption.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57693607-82/reid-lee-campaign-corruption.html.csp">Letter: Lee, Reid named in Swallow probe shows need for system change</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-20T01:01:02.914-06:00">Updated Mar 20, 2014 01:01AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The recent naming of two U.S. senators, Harry Reid and Mike Lee, as possibly having committed “pay to play” crimes stemming from the John Swallow investigation lets us all understand that corruption isn’t restricted to any one political party (“Names of Sen. Harry Reid, Sen. Mike Lee pop up in probe,” Tribune, March 13). The constant need for campaign funds that turns politicians to committing campaign financing fraud should make people look long and hard at changing the system. While Reid and...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57693607@www.sltrib.com Thu, 20 Mar 2014 01:01:02 MDT Sen. Mike Lee says he’s not aware of any investigation into his conduct http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57695000-90/lee-swallow-johnson-utah.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57695000-90/lee-swallow-johnson-utah.html.csp">Sen. Mike Lee says he’s not aware of any investigation into his conduct</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Robert Gehrke</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-17T20:44:54.801-06:00">Updated Mar 17, 2014 08:44PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Sen. Mike Lee said Monday neither he nor anyone on his staff has been contacted by any investigators in the criminal probe of former Utah Attorney General John Swallow. “No one has ever reached out to me or my staff or my campaign about any investigation. As far as I’ve been able to tell, there is none,” said Lee, R-Utah. “If they do start to reach out to me, as far as looking at the Swallow investigation, I’ll cooperate completely. I’m happy to do that.” Two county prosecutors — conducting a lo...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57695000@www.sltrib.com Mon, 17 Mar 2014 20:44:54 MDT Names of Sen. Harry Reid, Sen. Mike Lee pop up in probe http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/home3/57678156-200/swallow-federal-reid-johnson.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/home3/57678156-200/swallow-federal-reid-johnson.html.csp">Names of Sen. Harry Reid, Sen. Mike Lee pop up in probe</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Marissa Lang</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">and Tom Harvey</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-15T17:59:14.416-06:00">Updated Mar 15, 2014 05:59PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">County prosecutors investigating former Attorneys General John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff say their probe has uncovered alleged misconduct by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Sen. Mike Lee that they believe merits federal scrutiny. Even as their own probe proceeds, Salt Lake County Attorney Sim Gill, a Democrat, and Davis County Attorney Troy Rawlings, a Republican, say possible wrongdoing by the powerful senators goes beyond their ability to investigate, much less prosecute. “We cannot fu...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57678156@www.sltrib.com Sat, 15 Mar 2014 17:59:14 MDT Behind the Headlines: Legislative wrap-up, John Swallow report http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57675988-78/sltrib-com-http-csp.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57675988-78/sltrib-com-http-csp.html.csp">Behind the Headlines: Legislative wrap-up, John Swallow report</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Jennifer Napier-Pearce</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-14T09:01:43.493-06:00">Updated Mar 14, 2014 09:01AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Utah’s 2014 Legislature closed up shop last night, ending a session dominated by election reform, clean air, technology in the classroom, Medicaid, liquor and no new taxes. Lawmakers also released a stinging report on the behavior of former Utah attorney general John Swallow. On Friday at 9 a.m., Tribune reporters Robert Gehrke and Lee Davidson, along with editorial writer George Pyle, join Jennifer Napier-Pearce to process the week’s top headlines. Tune in to KCPW 88.3/105.3 FM at 9 a.m. for t...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57675988@www.sltrib.com Fri, 14 Mar 2014 09:01:43 MDT Swallow scandal helped break logjam on ethics bills http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57673246-90/bill-bills-campaign-candidates.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57673246-90/bill-bills-campaign-candidates.html.csp">Swallow scandal helped break logjam on ethics bills</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Lee Davidson</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-14T00:04:02.223-06:00">Updated Mar 14, 2014 12:04AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">A flood of ethics bills passed the 2014 legislature, thanks to the scandals that toppled former Attorney General John Swallow. But some long-sought reforms — such as finally creating campaign-donation limits — again failed to pass. The special committee that investigated Swallow suggested many reforms based on how it says Swallow gamed the system. Among them is a requirement that candidates can no longer report lump sums paid to political consultants or credit-card companies without detailing ho...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57673246@www.sltrib.com Fri, 14 Mar 2014 00:04:02 MDT A ‘For Sale’ sign on the A.G.’s office? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57671084-90/swallow-report-committee-office.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57671084-90/swallow-report-committee-office.html.csp">A ‘For Sale’ sign on the A.G.’s office?</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Robert Gehrke</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-13T23:23:37.56-06:00">Updated Mar 13, 2014 11:23PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">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. “The corruption of any public office through pay-to-play schemes is unacceptable. The corruption of the office tasked with administering equal justice under law is intolerable,” the House Special I...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57671084@www.sltrib.com Thu, 13 Mar 2014 23:23:37 MDT Experts say criminal charges likely in John Swallow case http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57670998-90/swallow-report-utah-attorney.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57670998-90/swallow-report-utah-attorney.html.csp">Experts say criminal charges likely in John Swallow case</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Marissa Lang</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-13T10:35:32.528-06:00">Updated Mar 13, 2014 10:35AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Former Utah Attorney General John Swallow may have broken no fewer than eight laws in a widespread abuse of public trust, according to a Utah House Special Investigative Committee report released Wednesday. The state’s former top cop likely will face criminal charges as a result, experts predicted. The report alleges Swallow had a “pay-for-play” relationship with wealthy friends and supporters for whom he would perform favors while hurting the integrity and reputation of his office and the jus...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57670998@www.sltrib.com Thu, 13 Mar 2014 10:35:32 MDT