Judgment offered - and withheld - about A.G. John Swallow ...
Published: January 18, 2013 12:56PM
Updated: January 18, 2013 04:27PM
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Jeremy Johnson, left, Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff, right, and Sandra Lucus are pictured in Johnson's jet on a trip to southern California to raise money for Lucus' Meth Cops program. Facebook Photo

Jeremy Johnson’s influence over the AG — Jim Wightman, former director of internal audit for Salt Lake County | For The Salt Lake Tribune

Swallow scandal a cesspool — Ogden Standard-Examiner Editorial
We have no idea if Utah’s new attorney general, John Swallow, should resign amid charges from a suspected swindler that he sought a $600,000 bribe to relieve Jeremy Johnson — accused of fraudulently billing online customers of his firm iWorks — of a federal probe. ... What the scandal is revealing, however, is what a political cesspool John Swallow, and other prominent Utah pols, swim in. ...

A case of shady dealing — Provo Daily Herald Editorial
The ugly plot of Utah Attorney General John Swallow’s shady story continues to unfold. It would make a good Grisham novel about influence peddling, money, corruption and, ultimately, how the mighty fall. ...

Until process has made a determination about Swallow, let's avoid jumping to conclusions — Deseret News Editorial
Utah Attorney General John Swallow is at the center of bribery accusations leveled by Jeremy Johnson, an indicted southern Utah businessman. The resulting media firestorm has attracted national attention and generated a number of heated responses. Partisans are outraged, and, just days after Swallow was sworn into office, at least two Utah newspapers have already called on him to resign.
Let's step back for a moment. ...

Swallow should do what’s best — and bow out — Peg McEntee | The Salt Lake Tribune
Utah needs an attorney general unsullied from scandal.

And, oh, yes, this, repeated from Tuesday:

Swallow should go: A.G.’s version of events bad enough — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

Some related newsy bits:

Attorney: Swallow’s fee was for consulting — Robert Gehrke | The Salt Lake Tribune
Friend of late Check City founder backs A.G.’s claim that $23.5K had nothing to do with Johnson’s woes.

Regulators go after another Utah attorney general donor — Robert Gehrke | The Salt Lake Tribune
Some Utah direct-marketers who gave money to Shurtleff, Swallow are in hot water with regulators.

John Swallow got campaign funds from allegedly fraudulent telemarketer — Dennis Romboy | The Deseret News