John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff Booked Into the Salt Lake County Jail

TPM: Two Former GOP Utah Attorneys General Arrested In Corruption Case

The problem of having an elected Utah Attorney General is that campaign contributions and other support tend to come from dishonest characters, not people interested in good government.

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  1. #1 by clear! on July 15, 2014 - 3:16 pm



  2. #2 by Larry Bergan on July 15, 2014 - 7:49 pm

    Back-to-back, top law enforcement officers being taken into custody in any state is a big story and I’m impressed that the media here is taking this seriously, because they usually stay as far away as they can from taking on powerful Republican figures.

    Make no mistake, Sim Gill is sticking his neck out on this one, but It’s about time somebody around here realized there is real wisdom in the old “power corrupts, absolutely” phrase.

    I still believe in the old, “until proven guilty” phrase too, but we’ll see if the court is kinder to these guys then they were to Tim DeChristopher. I’m afraid the judge is going to allow a lot more favorable evidence into court for the defendants, and not intimidate or get rid of an unfavorable jury here.

  3. #3 by Larry Bergan on July 15, 2014 - 8:00 pm

    Are these men going to be asked to strip naked so they can be sprayed with a high pressure water hose? Are they going to have to be finger-printed by a system that doesn’t work, while they badly need to use the bathroom? Are they going to have to be probed in the rear with rubber gloves?

    Is there going to be some justice here?

  4. #4 by Richard Warnick on July 15, 2014 - 10:39 pm

    I confess I thought this would be another one of those investigations that get declared a dead end because they say they don’t have enough evidence.

  5. #5 by Nathan Erkkila on July 15, 2014 - 11:23 pm

    Glad to see Swallow behind bars. I just wonder who in the GOP he had to piss off.

  6. #6 by clear! on July 16, 2014 - 12:46 am

    Wait until we get around to obama…

    • #7 by Richard Warnick on July 16, 2014 - 8:59 pm

      Except for Sarah Palin, who exactly wants to impeach President Obama? Not going to happen for the simple reason that Bush and Cheney were never impeached – even after confessing on TV to major federal crimes.

  7. #8 by clear! on July 16, 2014 - 3:04 pm

    Eagle scout criminals..the true reality of oxymoronic America..

    I’m waiting for the oxymoronic reality TV show to come out..

    Virgin whores! An American Story.

    Then a president who is a “constitutional scholar” who violates the constitution and his oath of office left and right.

    He would have to be that scholar to know so well and completely to defecate all over the spirit of the document…damn piece of paper as bush called it.

    I’d bet that if the parchment were available obama would squat and shit on it right there in our Oval Office…right about where Billy Bob shoved a cigar up Monica’s twat. My fuckin’ god we’re so done..let it finish quickly…please, to whatever end.

  8. #9 by Larry Bergan on July 16, 2014 - 6:32 pm


    I swear to god, if you don’t stop with this, “they’re all the same”, “give up” shit, I’m going to stop fishing your comments out of the spam void. You are wasting my time.

  9. #10 by clear! on July 16, 2014 - 9:02 pm

    Not give up you Retard, stop picking a side, because they are all the same…and they all need to go.

    You remind me of a Cubs fan…someday, someday, my team will be great!


  10. #11 by clear! on July 17, 2014 - 1:21 pm

    Well obama is pretty despised, qand that could be all it takes. The supporters of bush never wavered, and obama supporters weak kneed as ever, are faltering and questioning the failed path of their Messiah.

    If it can happen to one Messiah, it can happen to another..especially a lying failure drone murderer.

    Obama could quite easily be sacrificed and nailed to the cross. For crossing…Muricah..

    • #12 by Richard Warnick on July 18, 2014 - 9:34 am

      The Bush 20-Percenters never wavered, but President Bush left office with the worst approval ratings ever. It would be almost impossible for any President to do worse.

      • #13 by Larry Bergan on July 18, 2014 - 6:26 pm

        And president Clinton left office with GREAT approval ratings; better then Reagan’s and he had just been impeached by the house.

        And no, I don’t want Hillary or Bill in 2016.

  11. #14 by clear! on July 19, 2014 - 3:58 pm

    Well get comes possible….and this isn’t about bush, its about an utterly failed drone murdering liar, who can’t muster the respect internationally unless he has a bag of money.

    Obama is right where bush was at for fact likely worse, he is just being propped by a complicit media.

    As in any decline of will and minds the nation afflicted by an incurable madness, death being the only escape. The Republic is dead, and obama and his has it propped up in the living room, powders its face every day, but its nothing for the..


    Hard to beat? Wake up.

    • #15 by Richard Warnick on July 19, 2014 - 7:26 pm

      If President Obama ever gets below 20 percent, then he’ll be in the Bush league. But I doubt that will happen.

  12. #16 by Shane on July 19, 2014 - 8:14 pm

    clear! :
    Well get comes possible….and this isn’t about bush, its about an utterly failed drone murdering liar,
    Obama is right where bush was at for fact likely worse,

    How does he murder drones? I am just curious…

    I notice your poll article is a year old. It there over looks the fact that by this point in his presidency Bush was down to 31 or so, while Obama was at 44% in a July 14 poll.

    So, what is it you teach? Math?

    And speaking of smoking weed, (as you did in the other thread) I notice you are the one changing subjects again…

  13. #17 by brewski on July 20, 2014 - 6:22 am

    “George W. Bush, not Barack Obama, is the real American hero in Africa. Take it from me, a liberal Democrat who voted for Obama twice. I know a little about Africa: I have been to the continent 17 times over the last 32 years. In particular, I have a great interest in South Sudan; I first traveled there in March 2008, and I have been back 13 [times] since. For five years, now, I have entranced and, yes, haunted by the land and its people. The land is so beautiful, the people are so friendly. And yet they are plagued by many challenges. And some Americans have really stood up to help–most notably, the 43rd President, George W. Bush….Yet now that Obama’s first term has drawn to a close, the positive buzz about Obama has dramatically shifted; the Obama excitement, and the T-shirts, have most disappeared. In fact, South Sudanese today are thinking more about another U.S. president: that would be Obama’s predecessor, Bush 43. As an…Obama supporter, I was particularly struck by this. Yes, Bush is a hero in Africa, and Americans, too, should know why. No American president, before or since, has had Bush’s vision and determination to save so many millions of lives.”

    Ellen Ratner

    • #18 by Shane Smith on July 20, 2014 - 6:17 pm

      Question, since when is a FoxNews contributor and analyst a liberal, no matter matter she writes?

      Question, what does this have to do with the topic?

      Question, did you just find this more than a year old quote from whomever this is and suddenly have a burning desire to get the word out?

      Does this change the poll numbers discussed above? Are we now taking made up opinions from other countries as reported by a single FauxNews talking head as American poll numbers?

      Is there a reason you edit out her tempt to make this a religious issue, as she sings W praises for helping a “mostly Christian nation that won its independence from Sudan after a half-century of civil war”? Or her carefully crafted Israel dog whistle “Sudan, of course, is the rogue Muslim nation that once harbored Usama Bin Laden and has been listed by the U.S. and Israel as a sponsor of terrorism for decades”?

      Is there a reason you fail to mention the deeply troubling parts of the PEPFAR plan, like the abstinence education? The conflict of interest and cronyism that you like to tell us is always the deems fault that is right there in the Bush plan you are telling us is so great? The way the plan destroyed the local healthcare systems by hiring their own rather than working within the existing system? Is the real reason this program is the faith based organizations?

      Is it at all ironic to anyone that a woman who did work in post Katrina New Orleans is telling us what a great job an American president did in another country?

      • #19 by brewski on July 20, 2014 - 8:30 pm

        I guess George Will must be a liberal since he writes for WaPo.

        Thanks for providing us with the definition of ad hominem.

        • #20 by Shane Smith on July 22, 2014 - 3:25 pm

          The important part was what she writes, which explains why you accuse people of ad homs so often. You don’t actually understand what it means.

  14. #21 by clear! on July 20, 2014 - 8:37 pm

    An Axe murderer, a poison murderer, a drone murderer…military barracks o’bomber.

  15. #22 by clear! on July 20, 2014 - 8:39 pm

    Guess it all depends on what polls you read. This is current.

    • #23 by Richard Warnick on July 20, 2014 - 10:36 pm

      The arithmetic isn’t hard – 39 percent is better than twice as good as 19 percent. Considering the irrational hatred of the Tea-GOP, President Obama’s approval rating in a sane political environment would be a lot higher.

  16. #24 by clear! on July 21, 2014 - 2:02 pm

    No it isn’t..obama’s latest approval.

    • #25 by Richard Warnick on July 21, 2014 - 2:24 pm

      I believe that 43 percent approval is actually better than 39 percent, though the difference is within the margin of error. Again, you have to factor in the Tea-GOP insanity – 68 percent of them want to impeach the President (though they can’t say why). Completely irrational, especially when you consider that unlike Obama, President Bush and VP Cheney both publicly confessed to committing major federal crimes.

  17. #26 by Richard Warnick on July 22, 2014 - 7:56 am

    Obama derangement has gotten very weird.

    A senior policy analyst from an immigration-restrictionist think tank wants to see President Barack Obama not just impeached, but publicly executed, he told a sympathetic audience last week. During a talk at a Tea Party organization in Sebring, Florida, Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) analyst Stephen Steinlight said that Obama’s supposed executive overreach couldn’t be reined in by a lawsuit and that “being hung, drawn, and quartered is probably too good for him,” Imagine 2050 first reported. He then joked that Obama’s head should be on a skewer.

    • #27 by Larry Bergan on July 22, 2014 - 7:46 pm

      Wow! Even the people who assassinated Kennedy didn’t say anything about it publicly. I guess we live in different times.

      What am I saying? I don’t guess we live in different times, I know it!

    • #29 by Larry Bergan on July 22, 2014 - 7:28 pm

      He was charged in 2009 with delivering persons by airborne means and disorderly conduct. According to the Glen Canyon National Park ranger’s report in the court documents, a helicopter owned and piloted by Johnson was spotted taking off from a houseboat, going 40 to 50 feet in the air and then hovering over the water while people jumped out.

      That may be the strangest paragraph I’ve ever read. I don’t get it.

  18. #30 by Larry Bergan on July 22, 2014 - 8:01 pm

    While we’re discussing internet scams, Shurtleff and Swallow, maybe these guys were complicit in selling police mugshots to a filthy, stinking organization that sells them at 7-11 and puts them on the internet, asking $400 to take them down without taking them down.

    Sim Gill has his hands full right now, but it’s just a suggestion. It’s great see somebody with guts, trying to bring some justice to my birthplace for a change.

  19. #31 by Larry Bergan on July 22, 2014 - 8:15 pm

    My stepfather had a guy brag to him that he would wear Mormon garments to close a business deal. I didn’t always get along with my stepfather until we both aged and came to love each other, but he was outraged.

    My stepfather didn’t like religion, but he sure didn’t like THAT thug, and he never made a dishonest dime in his life.

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