This whole thing is really beginning to smell.
Can you say "Fall Guy". Talk about getting thrown under the bus. Mr.
Lawson is going to take the blame for multiple felonies. Too bad all this
happened without Shurtleff and Swallow knowing anything about this rouge agent
in their midst, I'm shocked. -OR-Maybe it's just the good
lo' boy Republican party thinking the rules don't apply to them and
running business as usual until they get caught with their hand in the cookie
Where there's smoke there's fire and this one has been smokin'
and smoldering for a long time.
Could this be why John Swallow suddenly decided he would step down?Hmmmmm.....
Having lived in Illinois for 9 years, this doesn't sound too much different
than the politics there. Chicago has spread it's process to Utah with
curtains and all. The two prior AGs have made the waters cloudy for their whole
office. There are plenty of good people in the AGs office who are doing their
best to keep the law enforcement clean and pure. It is hard to
believe that the other politicos in office would want the muddy waters above
their knees. Alleged is getting muddier for a person that always claims
innocence. The second prior AG has definitely wanted this to go away with his
dynasty.Truth is truth to the end except for the facts that might
This appears to be nothing more than a gang of thugs, dressed in conservative
suits, to get their way. This is evident in the statement by Lawson, "he had
guns and "Polynesian friends" who liked to "bust people up."
And that some of them belong to one of the most notorious, treasonous gangs ever
established in America, the ABA.I tend to believe that there are
more people involved in this than has been revealed. I hope not, but in every
scheme, there seems to be a "Master mind" that always goes untouched.
Just my opinion.
Another "Reagan Republican" following in the footsteps of John Swallow?
I'm sure glad our legislature doesn't feel the need of any type of
More of the Utah Republican good old boys club at work. Back door deals, Ponzi
schemes, fixing things all what Utah is known for.
Oh, heaven forbid we should have a "Reagan Republican" to succeed John
Swallow. Let's get us a "Harry Reid Democrat."
It was only a matter of time.....Whoever said (and I paraphrase) "Lawson
wound be the one to bring this house of cards down" was bang on. So sad that
this kind of behavior goes on in positions of respect and honor.
There is a problem with candidates acting like right wing conservatives on
national issues to simply get elected to gain power. Ted Cannon started it in
Did the Italian maffia setup shop in Utah? The Corleone's would be proud.
But hey, Swallow did nothing wrong. He and Shurtleff surrounded themselves with
characters who might leave dead horses in people's beds to scare them a
bit, but there's nothing wrong with that kind of stuff in the AG's
office right?If "the house of cards" was discussed by an
office attorney in 2010, this stuff had been going on during most of
Shurtleff's tenure and likely well after. I'm glad the "bust
up" is finally happening to the right people.
Fix THIS! I wouldn't think that attorneys general or their cohort are too
well received in the Pen
We need more men like Sim Gill in our government. Honesty has unfortunately
become a very rare commodity.How about Sim Gill for Attorney
Lawson's "aggressive" emails are printed in the other paper. Take a
look. I'm not saying that our former AG was threatening to murder people,
but this guy Lawson definitely was--and Lawson was Shurtleff's "Porter
Rockwell." This whole thing is going to get VERY bad.
This group of crooks and liars really have very little to do with state
politics. They would all be democrats if that party controlled our state's
government. These people saw an opportunity to enrich themselves by being
"good conservative republicans" and took advantage of it. We need to
change the way candidates are selected to run for office in our great state.
Maybe taking the lid off the whole situation by nailing this guy will yield
enough evidence to put swallow and all other involved parties in prison where
they belong. For John Swallow to sit to feign innocence is just ridiculous with
all of the shenanigans that went on. If we spent another million dollars putting
them all away it will be well worth it considering the 3 million we have already
spent. It's good to see that they're trying to finish this thing
rather than just move on.This kind of cronyism is what is weakening our country.
It must not be allowed to continue or pretty soon will be like Mexico or heaven
forbid, The European Union.
I know one thing...I'll never vote for an incumbent again as long as I
live. It's one term and then out you go. Politicians, if not checked and
held accountable while in office, should always be checked on and watched over
by an overseer/ombudsman. A record should be kept on every meeting, visitors
who meet with politicians, and even their e-mails should be permanently
recorded. I do not trust any of them anymore.
Why would he need a fixer? To fix what?
This is the most significant reason that we need a real two-party system in this
state. If there had been an aggressive democrat in the race, we would have
known about the sleaziness of the TWO past AGs.If the information is
correct in this, and other papers, Swallow is looking at jail time. He needs to
be held accountable, both criminally, and civilly. No wonder Shurtleff
wasn't able to hold his "fixer" job. No professional law firm
would touch either of these two.
Remember when mom and dad told us that there are certain people you don't
play with, unless you wanted to be associated with their group. Seems to me
the Attorney's General played with the wrong group (the ones they were
suppose to be prosecuting) and followed them instead of being leaders. It
doesn't matter if technically, to the letter of the law, they have done
nothing wrong. It was wrong for them to keep the friends that they did and get
in the pockets of vermin.
This is why you don't blinding for for an R or an M. Strait party ticket
voters vote blindly and do not study the issues or candidates.
So, they prosecute the obvious weak link. Once conviction becomes very likely
they offer Mr Lawson a plea bargain in exchange for his testimony agaist the two
former Attorneys General. In about 6 months we will likely see charges being
filed against Shurtleff and Swallow.At least is what happens in
other cases involving multiple investigation targets.
Money,, power, influence is a bad cocktail. The executives of the State of Utah
didn't do their part to know what was happening in the AGs office through
auditing and just listening to the assistant AGs talking, During the GOP
convention there was plenty of discussion from those people wanting a change
from Shurtleff and the Swallow activities. However, Shurtleff was pushing for
Swallow up to Election Day 2012, knowing was was happening with different
investigations with Swallow. Lawson type of activities seemed to be at play
after those quid pro quo dealings for money and the power play to continue the
prior AGs dynasty.
I wonder if Gayle Ruzikia will still get her pass to the celestial kingdom?
Certainly appears there are a lot more involved in this whole ordeal. This looks
like just a piece in a very ugly puzzle. Probably a lot of very nervous people
They weren't doing anything more than the rest of the crooked politicians
are doing. They just got caught is all.
Is it any wonder that scores of criminals infest the body politic?The
study of all 50 states done by Center for Public Integrity finds Utah with an
overall "D" rating and an "F" for ethics.I have been known
to ask Utah people this question: Why was the office of Secretary of State
disbanded in Utah? Rest assured as long as the people allow themselves to
be governed by BAR members, the people will continue as subjects worshiping and
serving men and corporeal creations.