John Swallow http://kuer.org en Utah Payday Loan Rates Among Highest in Nation http://kuer.org/post/utah-payday-loan-rates-among-highest-nation <p></p><p>Utah has some of the highest payday lending rates in the nation. That’s according to a <a href="http://www.pewstates.org/research/fact-sheets/how-state-rate-limits-affect-payday-loan-prices-85899543398#">new report</a> released this week from the Pew Charitable Trusts. The research indicates that a state’s limit on interest rates is the key factor driving loan pricing. Utah is one of seven states where there is no legal limit.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:46:56 +0000 Andrea Smardon 45023 at http://kuer.org Utah Payday Loan Rates Among Highest in Nation Governor Vetoes Bill That Would Have Given Legislature Stronger Subpoena Power http://kuer.org/post/governor-vetoes-bill-would-have-given-legislature-stronger-subpoena-power <p class="p1">On <span class="s1">final day to approve</span> bills passed by the Utah Legislature, Governor Gary Herbert vetoed <a href="http://le.utah.gov/~2014/bills/static/HB0414.html" target="_blank">HB414</a>, which would have given the legislature the final say on challenges to legislative subpoenas.</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 22:51:56 +0000 Brian Grimmett 44314 at http://kuer.org Governor Vetoes Bill That Would Have Given Legislature Stronger Subpoena Power Sim Gill Seeks Re-Election as Salt Lake County District Attorney http://kuer.org/post/sim-gill-seeks-re-election-salt-lake-county-district-attorney <p></p><p>Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill says he’s got a lot of work left to do in the office. That’s why he announced today he’s seeking re-election.&nbsp;</p><p>The Democrat says in his last term he jealously guarded taxpayer dollars, balanced four budgets and dramatically reduced annual debt.</p><p>“These efficiencies are saving hundreds thousands of dollars each year for the Salt Lake County taxpayer,” Gill says. “Daily we do more with less waste in more efficient ways.”</p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 21:30:37 +0000 Whittney Evans 43573 at http://kuer.org Sim Gill Seeks Re-Election as Salt Lake County District Attorney Swallow Scandal Results in Campaign Finance Changes http://kuer.org/post/swallow-scandal-results-campaign-finance-changes <p>The scandal surrounding former Utah Attorney General John Swallow not only ended in his resignation, but also brought about several changes to Utah’s campaign finance reporting laws.&nbsp;</p><p>The House’s investigation into John Swallow came with a price tag of about $4 million. A cost House Speaker Becky Lockhart says was well worth it.</p><p>“It was a high cost, but we cannot put a price on public trust," she says. "One does not cut corners when the very integrity of the justice system is at question.”</p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 06:14:26 +0000 Brian Grimmett 43367 at http://kuer.org Swallow Scandal Results in Campaign Finance Changes Final Report on Swallow Presented to House, Released to Public http://kuer.org/post/final-report-swallow-presented-house-released-public <p>Members of the House Special Investigative Committee of former Attorney General John Swallow presented their <a href="http://le.utah.gov/investigative/investigativecomm.jsp" target="_blank">final report</a> to the full body of the Utah House of Representatives Wednesday. The presentation on the House floor marked the conclusion of the nearly 9 month long investigation into Swallow.</p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 20:40:25 +0000 Brian Grimmett 43288 at http://kuer.org Final Report on Swallow Presented to House, Released to Public House Swallow Investigation Approves Final Report http://kuer.org/post/house-swallow-investigation-approves-final-report <p class="p1">The House Special Investigative Committee of <span class="s1">former Utah Attorney General </span>John Swallow approved their final report Tuesday ending a nearly 9 months long process.</p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 20:22:27 +0000 Brian Grimmett 43223 at http://kuer.org House Swallow Investigation Approves Final Report Swallow Committee Delays Final Report http://kuer.org/post/swallow-committee-delays-final-report <p>The House Committee investigating former Attorney General John Swallow pushed back the release of their final report Friday. It<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;is now scheduled for public release some time next week. Committee Chairman Rep. Jim </span>Dunnigan, R-Taylorsville,<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says he delayed the release to be able to include information they only recently recovered from a crashed hard drive in one of Swallow’s personal computers.</span></p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 22:40:37 +0000 Brian Grimmett 43073 at http://kuer.org Swallow Committee Delays Final Report Legislature Cracks Down on Payday Lenders http://kuer.org/post/legislature-cracks-down-payday-lenders <p>A bill imposing new restrictions on payday lenders in Utah passed a crucial vote in the Utah Senate today. <a href="http://le.utah.gov/~2014/bills/static/HB0127.html" target="_blank">HB127</a> requires payday lenders to disclose the terms of their consumer loans, including the typically high interest rates, before a contract is signed. And the Lenders won’t be allowed to pick the courts where they file lawsuits against borrowers who default either.</p><p>Sen. John Valentine, R-Orem, cited the example of a payday lender in St. George.</p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 21:54:27 +0000 Dan Bammes 42979 at http://kuer.org Legislature Cracks Down on Payday Lenders House Committee Debuts First Bills to Come Out of Swallow Investigation http://kuer.org/post/house-committee-debuts-first-bills-come-out-swallow-investigation <p class="p1">Candidates for state office and the Utah legislature could soon be required to disclose a lot more information when they run for office, and they’ll have former Utah Attorney General John Swallow to thank for it.</p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 23:05:57 +0000 Brian Grimmett 42076 at http://kuer.org House Committee Debuts First Bills to Come Out of Swallow Investigation Herbert Selects Sean Reyes as Next Attorney General of Utah http://kuer.org/post/herbert-selects-sean-reyes-next-attorney-general-utah <p>Governor Gary Herbert has selected Sean Reyes to be Utah’s next Attorney General.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">He says all three of the candidates referred to him were qualified for the job, but ultimately it was Sean Reyes’ experience in both the public and private sector that made him the one who would fit best.</span></p><p>“He is eminently qualified for this responsibility and this job and I think it comes at a time that is unique in our state’s history, that’s going to take a unique personality to come in and turn the office around,” Herbert says.</p> Mon, 23 Dec 2013 21:09:44 +0000 Brian Grimmett 39947 at http://kuer.org Herbert Selects Sean Reyes as Next Attorney General of Utah Committee Report Shows AG's Office Was For Sale Under Swallow http://kuer.org/post/committee-report-shows-ags-office-was-sale-under-swallow <p>During day two of the House Investigative Committee’s report on former Attorney General John Swallow, investigators described a web of organizations that Swallow used to hide and obscure money received from payday lending companies. Chief investigator James Mintz said he accomplished this with the help of campaign consultant Jason Powers, who created most of the shell organizations.</p> Sat, 21 Dec 2013 02:26:32 +0000 Brian Grimmett 39858 at http://kuer.org Committee Report Shows AG's Office Was For Sale Under Swallow House Investigative Committee Reports Swallow Obstructed Investigation http://kuer.org/post/house-investigative-committee-reports-swallow-obstructed-investigation <p>In a day long meeting, special counsel Steve Reich revealed information that former Attorney General John Swallow intentionally created and deleted data in an effort to mislead the Utah House investigation.</p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 00:13:51 +0000 Brian Grimmett 39808 at http://kuer.org House Investigative Committee Reports Swallow Obstructed Investigation GOP Chooses Sean Reyes, Robert Smith, and Brian Tarbet as AG Nominees http://kuer.org/post/gop-chooses-sean-reyes-robert-smith-and-brian-tarbet-ag-nominees <p>Members of the Utah Republican state central committee<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;selected Sean Reyes, Robert Smith and Brian </span>Tarbet<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> as their nominees for Attorney General. Governor Gary Herbert will now choose one of these candidates to replace John Swallow. He says he hopes to do it as soon as possible, and hopefully before Christmas.</span></p> Sun, 15 Dec 2013 02:57:56 +0000 Brian Grimmett 39572 at http://kuer.org GOP Chooses Sean Reyes, Robert Smith, and Brian Tarbet as AG Nominees Salt Lake County District Attorney Files Charges Against Tim Lawson, Shurtleff's "Fixer" http://kuer.org/post/salt-lake-county-district-attorney-files-charges-against-tim-lawson-shurtleffs-fixer <p>The Salt Lake County District Attorney’s office and the Davis County Attorney’s office have filed six felony charges against Timothy Lawson. Lawson is an associate of Former Attorneys General Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow and is sometimes referred to as a “Fixer.” Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill says the charges suggest Lawson engaged in consistent criminal activity.</p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 23:39:48 +0000 Brian Grimmett 39483 at http://kuer.org Salt Lake County District Attorney Files Charges Against Tim Lawson, Shurtleff's "Fixer" GOP Candidates for Attorney General Debate, Campaign for Votes http://kuer.org/post/gop-candidates-attorney-general-debate-campaign-votes <p>Republican Candidates vying to replace former Attorney General John Swallow, faced off in a debate on Wednesday night. They answered questions that came from across the state using the Utah Education Network’s video conferencing infrastructure.</p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 04:32:37 +0000 Brian Grimmett 39436 at http://kuer.org GOP Candidates for Attorney General Debate, Campaign for Votes Acting Attorney General Faces Tough Challenge Replacing John Swallow http://kuer.org/post/acting-attorney-general-faces-tough-challenge-replacing-john-swallow <p>At midnight on Monday John Swallow officially became the former Attorney General of Utah. And while there are several Republicans vying to become the appointed replacement, the Governor won’t make that decision for another few weeks. Until then, Major General Brian Tarbet will be the acting Attorney General and dealing with the transition won't be easy.</p> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 23:25:49 +0000 Brian Grimmett 39051 at http://kuer.org Acting Attorney General Faces Tough Challenge Replacing John Swallow Lt. Governor Won't File Civil Claim Against John Swallow http://kuer.org/post/lt-governor-wont-file-civil-claim-against-john-swallow <p>Lt. Governor Spencer Cox announced today that he will not pursue civil action against Utah Attorney General John Swallow.</p><p>Cox says he won’t pursue the case because Swallow has already resigned. He says because the outcome of resignation and civil action is the same, a vacated office, moving forward would only be a waste of time and taxpayer money.</p><p>“Short of spending $200,000 in a six month trial to end up exactly where we are today, I don’t know what else we could do except to forward it on to the other investigators,” he says.</p> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 21:48:35 +0000 Brian Grimmett 38814 at http://kuer.org Lt. Governor Won't File Civil Claim Against John Swallow Utah Democrats Claim Swallow Election is Null and Void http://kuer.org/post/utah-democrats-claim-swallow-election-null-and-void <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Leaders of the Utah Democratic Party are calling on Governor Gary Herbert to hold a special election to replace Attorney General John Swallow, instead of appointing the replacement himself. But, there might not be a legal path for what the Democrats want.</span></p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 23:26:26 +0000 Brian Grimmett 38767 at http://kuer.org Utah Democrats Claim Swallow Election is Null and Void Investigations Continue Despite Swallow's Resignation http://kuer.org/post/investigations-continue-despite-swallows-resignation <p>Several investigations into Utah Attorney General John Swallow will continue to move forward despite his resignation from office.</p><p>Democratic Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill and Republican Davis County Attorney Troy Rawlings have been investigating Swallow since early this year. They’re trying to determine if he’s violated any state laws, specifically those against selling influence. Because of that, Gill says Swallow’s resignation will have little, if any, effect on what they’re doing.</p> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 22:51:47 +0000 Brian Grimmett 38709 at http://kuer.org Investigations Continue Despite Swallow's Resignation Lt. Governor's Report Claims Swallow Violated Election Law http://kuer.org/post/lt-governors-report-claims-swallow-violated-election-law <p>The special counsel to the state election’s office has found that there is sufficient evidence to show that Utah Attorney General John Swallow violated Utah election law.</p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 22:51:09 +0000 Brian Grimmett 38617 at http://kuer.org Lt. Governor's Report Claims Swallow Violated Election Law Utah Attorney General John Swallow Resigns http://kuer.org/post/utah-attorney-general-john-swallow-resigns <p>Utah Attorney General John Swallow has submitted his letter of resignation to Governor Gary Herbert and will leave his office on December 3rd.</p><p>John Swallow said he decided to resign from office because the pressure on his family from the several ongoing investigations into his conduct had just become too strong. He said he’s spent nearly $300 thousand of his own money in his defense and that he couldn’t see an end in sight.</p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 22:49:37 +0000 Brian Grimmett 38558 at http://kuer.org Utah Attorney General John Swallow Resigns Swallow Denies Deleting Emails, Accuses House Committeee of Being Unprofessional http://kuer.org/post/swallow-denies-deleting-emails-accuses-house-committeee-being-unprofessional <p>Embattled Utah Attorney General John Swallow is denying that he ever intentionally deleted emails from his computers. He’s also accusing the special counsel for the House committee investigating him of being inflammatory and unprofessional.</p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 23:30:43 +0000 Brian Grimmett 37903 at http://kuer.org Swallow Denies Deleting Emails, Accuses House Committeee of Being Unprofessional Missing Files in AG Investigation "Very Troubling" For Committee http://kuer.org/post/missing-files-ag-investigation-very-troubling-committee <p>The special counsel in the investigation of Utah Attorney General told the committee today that he is deeply concerned about the extent of missing electronic documents from John Swallow.</p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 22:06:56 +0000 Brian Grimmett 37789 at http://kuer.org Missing Files in AG Investigation "Very Troubling" For Committee Missing Documents a Concern for House Investigative Committee of Utah AG John Swallow http://kuer.org/post/missing-documents-concern-house-investigative-committee-utah-ag-john-swallow <p>The chair of the House committee investigating Utah Attorney General John Swallow says he’s concerned about possible missing documents from the Attorney General’s office.</p> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 19:59:37 +0000 Brian Grimmett 37560 at http://kuer.org Missing Documents a Concern for House Investigative Committee of Utah AG John Swallow Utah State Bar Won't Pursue One Claim Against the Attorney General http://kuer.org/post/utah-state-bar-wont-pursue-one-claim-against-attorney-general <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Utah Attorney General John Swallow released a letter over the weekend from the State Bar Association, indicating that one complaint against him will not be pursued. &nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 14 Oct 2013 23:23:53 +0000 Terry Gildea 36764 at http://kuer.org Utah State Bar Won't Pursue One Claim Against the Attorney General DOJ Closes Case Against AG John Swallow, Won't File Charges http://kuer.org/post/doj-closes-case-against-ag-john-swallow-wont-file-charges <p>The investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice into Utah Attorney General John Swallow has apparently come to a close without any charges being filed.</p> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 22:39:33 +0000 Brian Grimmett 35329 at http://kuer.org DOJ Closes Case Against AG John Swallow, Won't File Charges House Committee Investigating John Swallow Asks For Your Help http://kuer.org/post/house-committee-investigating-john-swallow-asks-your-help <p>The special counsel and investigator for the <a href="http://le.utah.gov/Interim/2013/html/00003127.htm" target="_blank">House Special Investigative Committee of Utah Attorney General John Swallow</a> formally introduced themselves to legislators today and outlined their plan for the investigation.</p> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 21:45:52 +0000 Brian Grimmett 35260 at http://kuer.org House Committee Investigating John Swallow Asks For Your Help House Special Investigative Committee Dives Into Investigation of Utah AG John Swallow http://kuer.org/post/house-special-investigative-committee-dives-investigation-utah-ag-john-swallow <p>A week before their second meeting, the House Special Investigative Committee is already collecting documents and creating a list of potential witnesses as it looks into allegations against Utah Attorney General John Swallow.</p> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 21:39:03 +0000 Brian Grimmett 34996 at http://kuer.org House Special Investigative Committee Dives Into Investigation of Utah AG John Swallow House chooses Special Counsel for Investigation of John Swallow http://kuer.org/post/house-chooses-special-counsel-investigation-john-swallow <p>The House Special Investigative Committee <a href="http://www.utahreps.net/investigations/special-counsel-chosen-for-house-special-investigative-committee" target="_blank">is naming Akin Gump Strauss Hauer &amp; Feld LLP</a> as the outside counsel they’ll use in their investigation of Utah Attorney General John Swallow.</p> Fri, 09 Aug 2013 22:54:12 +0000 Brian Grimmett 33727 at http://kuer.org House chooses Special Counsel for Investigation of John Swallow Special Investigative Committee of John Swallow Could Go Into Next Year http://kuer.org/post/special-investigative-committee-john-swallow-could-go-next-year <p>The House Special Investigative committee of Utah Attorney General John Swallow held their first meeting today and received a general overview their new responsibilities.</p> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 21:31:20 +0000 Brian Grimmett 33524 at http://kuer.org Special Investigative Committee of John Swallow Could Go Into Next Year