" ... What is rare about the Utah case, investigators and campaign finance experts say, is not just the brazenness of the scheme, but the discovery of dozens of documents describing it in fine detail. ..."
And, today The Washington Post's civil liberties and criminal justice blogger weighs in on a more recent development:
— Aggressive police raids for thee, but not for me — Radley Balko | The Watch | The Washington Post
"It's amazing how quickly a politician can change his position when he becomes a victim of aggressive government policies he previously supported.
"Witness Mark Shurtleff. During Shurtleff's 12 years as Utah attorney general, he set up a unit called the Statewide Enforcement of Crimes by Undocumented Residents Strike Force — or the SECURE Strike Force for short. The unit sent armed police to raid businesses that were suspected of employing undocumented workers, suspected fake ID makers and suspected human traffickers. (To his credit, Shurtleff did actually support fairer immigration policies while in office.)
"Some of the unit's targets have been legitimately dangerous people. Others, like suspected copyright violators, probably weren't. A video of one of these raids that I posted a couple of years ago (no longer available online) showed armed SECURE Strike Force cops breaking down the door to a home to serve a warrant for pirated CDs. (They did at least knock first.)
In fact, Shurtleff sent his strike force on so many raids of suspected copyright violators that in 2012, the Recording Industry Association of America gave him an award. ...
" ... I bring all of this up because Shurtleff and his successor John Swallow are currently under investigation for allegedly violating campaign finance law. That investigation recently led to a raid on Shurtleff's home. He wasn't in the house at the time, but his son and daughter were. And now that it has affected members of his family, Shurtleff has taken an active interest in the growth of aggressive police tactics. ..."
— Feds perform guns-drawn SWAT raid while investigating campaign finance allegation — Police State USA