Utah Attorney General http://kuer.org en Federal Court Grants Utah More Time to Prepare for Amendment 3 Appeal http://kuer.org/post/federal-court-grants-utah-more-time-prepare-amendment-3-appeal <p>A federal appeals court has granted Utah's request for more time to prepare opening arguments in defense of the state's same-sex marriage ban. A lawyer for the plaintiffs in the Amendment 3 case happened to be speaking at the University of Utah Law School today, and said she was disappointed by the extension, but not discouraged.</p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 00:07:01 +0000 Andrea Smardon 41087 at http://kuer.org Federal Court Grants Utah More Time to Prepare for Amendment 3 Appeal U.S. Supreme Court Halts Gay Marriage in Utah http://kuer.org/post/us-supreme-court-halts-gay-marriage-utah <p>The <a href="https://sblog.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/13A687_Herber_v_Kitchen_Order1.pdf" target="_blank">U.S. Supreme Court</a> granted Utah’s request to stay a federal judge’s ruling that overturned the state’s law banning same-sex marriage.&nbsp; The stay effectively stops county clerks from issuing any more marriage licenses to gay couples for now.</p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 20:58:00 +0000 Terry Gildea & Brian Grimmett 40459 at http://kuer.org U.S. Supreme Court Halts Gay Marriage in Utah Sean Reyes Sworn In As New Attorney General http://kuer.org/post/sean-reyes-sworn-new-attorney-general <p>Sean Reyes was officially sworn in as the new Attorney General of Utah today in a ceremony at the State Capitol.</p><p>In a crowded Capitol Rotunda Sean Reyes took the oath of office to become Utah’s next Attorney General. The ceremony comes less than a year after former Attorney General John Swallow took the same oath, only later to resign in the midst of several investigations into his conduct. Reyes says his first job is to restore the public’s trust in his office.</p> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 23:13:41 +0000 Brian Grimmett 40198 at http://kuer.org Sean Reyes Sworn In As New Attorney General 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 Acting Attorney General Brian Tarbet Seeks to Make His Position More Permanent http://kuer.org/post/acting-attorney-general-brian-tarbet-seeks-make-his-position-more-permanent <p>Three people remain as options to replace John Swallow as Utah’s next Attorney General. Governor Gary Herbert now has the job to select one of them to fill the vacant spot.</p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 19:46:56 +0000 Brian Grimmett 39737 at http://kuer.org Acting Attorney General Brian Tarbet Seeks to Make His Position More Permanent AG Candidate Robert Smith Could Benefit From Being an Unkown http://kuer.org/post/ag-candidate-robert-smith-could-benefit-being-unkown <p>Governor Gary Herbert says he plans on appointing a new Attorney General to replace John Swallow by Christmas. He will select one of three candidates chosen by the GOP State Central Committee. In the first of a series of profiles on the candidates, we&nbsp;take a look at the relatively unknown, Robert Smith.</p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 22:47:48 +0000 Brian Grimmett 39696 at http://kuer.org AG Candidate Robert Smith Could Benefit From Being an Unkown 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" 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 Utah Legislator Proposes $10K Limit to Campaign Contributions http://kuer.org/post/utah-legislator-proposes-10k-limit-campaign-contributions <p>The state Government Operations interim committee will be taking a look at a bi-partisan proposal Wednesday to put a limit on campaign contributions.</p> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 22:26:50 +0000 Brian Grimmett 32520 at http://kuer.org Utah Legislator Proposes $10K Limit to Campaign Contributions Utah Supreme Court Upholds Decision Overturning Debra Brown's Murder Conviction http://kuer.org/post/utah-supreme-court-upholds-decision-overturning-debra-browns-murder-conviction <p>Debra Brown will remain a free woman after the <a href="http://www.utcourts.gov/courts/sup/" target="_blank">Utah Supreme Court</a> upheld a lower court’s ruling that cleared her of murder.</p><p>Brown was convicted of the murder of her boss, Lael Brown, and spent 17 years in prison. In 2011, a court applied a new state law and found she was “factually innocent.” That decision was was based partly on new testimony and partly on evidence already heard in the original trial.</p> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 20:42:43 +0000 Brian Grimmett 32325 at http://kuer.org Utah Supreme Court Upholds Decision Overturning Debra Brown's Murder Conviction Salt Lake County District Attorney Investigating Attorney General's Office http://kuer.org/post/salt-lake-county-district-attorney-investigating-attorney-generals-office <p>Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill has confirmed that he and Davis County Attorney Troy Rawlings are looking into whether or not the Utah Attorney General’s office has violated any state laws.</p> Thu, 16 May 2013 21:29:18 +0000 Brian Grimmett 29400 at http://kuer.org Salt Lake County District Attorney Investigating Attorney General's Office KUER News Pod: Thursday May 16, 2013 http://kuer.org/post/kuer-news-pod-thursday-may-16-2013 <p>Utah lawmakers look into ways to encourage people to buy long-term care insurance, a state Senator suggests that the Attorney General become an appointed position, and the Utah Republican Party considers pushing for the elimination of the Common Core academic standards.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F92500456&amp;color=98091a&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p> Thu, 16 May 2013 17:27:49 +0000 Brian Grimmett 29381 at http://kuer.org KUER News Pod: Thursday May 16, 2013 KUER News Pod: Wednesday May 15, 2013 http://kuer.org/post/kuer-news-pod-wednesday-may-15-2013 <p>The West Valley City mayoral race heats up, Utah’s business mergers and acquisitions reach an all time high, and the Utah House considers its options on how to deal with the allegations surrounding the Attorney General.<br><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F92347215&amp;color=98091a&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p> Wed, 15 May 2013 18:50:33 +0000 Brian Grimmett 29327 at http://kuer.org KUER News Pod: Wednesday May 15, 2013 Utah House Not Yet Discussing Impeachment of Attorney General http://kuer.org/post/utah-house-not-yet-discussing-impeachment-attorney-general <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Utah legislature is meeting this week for their monthly interim meetings but they don’t plan on discussing the fate or potential impeachment of Attorney General John Swallow.</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Speaker of the House Rebecca Lockhart says she’s concerned about the recent allegations brought against Attorney General John Swallow and that they’re looking into how the legislature might address them.</p> Tue, 14 May 2013 22:48:48 +0000 Brian Grimmett 29288 at http://kuer.org Utah House Not Yet Discussing Impeachment of Attorney General Swallow Joins Other Attorneys General Backing Immigration Reform http://kuer.org/post/swallow-joins-other-attorneys-general-backing-immigration-reform <p>Utah Attorney General John Swallow is encouraging Congress to enact immigration reform.&nbsp; Swallow is part of a bipartisan group of 35 Attorney Generals who sent a letter to federal leaders calling for reform that improves the immigration system, keeps communities safe and protects borders.&nbsp;</p><p>Swallow says drug crime, identity theft issues, and gangs tied to illegal immigration are threatening Utah’s safety and economy.</p> Tue, 09 Apr 2013 23:27:51 +0000 Andrea Smardon 27567 at http://kuer.org Swallow Joins Other Attorneys General Backing Immigration Reform For Better or Worse, Utah Weighs in on Same-Sex Marriage http://kuer.org/post/better-or-worse-utah-weighs-same-sex-marriage <p>The U.S. Supreme Court is receiving briefs from all over the country as it prepares to take up same sex marriage next month, including Utah.&nbsp; The Court will hear arguments in two cases concerning the federal Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8.&nbsp; The Utah Pride Center plans to file an amicus brief to the nation’s highest court this week, arguing that laws that ban same sex marriage amount to discrimination.&nbsp; But the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Utah’s Attorney General have filed their own briefs in defense of traditional marriage and states’ rights to decide.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 25 Feb 2013 00:44:13 +0000 Andrea Smardon 25475 at http://kuer.org For Better or Worse, Utah Weighs in on Same-Sex Marriage GOP Leaders Decide Not to Discuss Swallow Scandal http://kuer.org/post/gop-leaders-decide-not-discuss-swallow-scandal <p>Utah Republican Party leaders decided to table a discussion about a scandal affecting Attorney General John Swallow over the weekend.&nbsp; Swallow is being investigated by the US Attorney’s Office for allegedly helping business man Jeremy Johnson bribe US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Members of the GOP State Central Committee voted against holding a formal discussion on the issue, though some say it’s one of the most important issues facing the party.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 18 Feb 2013 22:55:22 +0000 Andrea Smardon 25193 at http://kuer.org GOP Leaders Decide Not to Discuss Swallow Scandal Utah Attorney General Asks U.S. Attorney for Investigation http://kuer.org/post/utah-attorney-general-asks-us-attorney-investigation <p>Utah Attorney General John Swallow is asking the U.S. Attorney for Utah for a full investigation into allegations that he schemed to bribe a congressman.</p> Tue, 15 Jan 2013 22:59:44 +0000 Brian Grimmett 23638 at http://kuer.org Utah Attorney General Asks U.S. Attorney for Investigation Critics Demand Investigations of Utah's Attorney General http://kuer.org/post/critics-demand-investigations-utahs-attorney-general <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The chorus of voices demanding an investigation of Utah's attorney general is growing. &nbsp;The </span><a href="http://betterutah.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Alliance for a Better Utah</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is asking the Utah State Bar to look into accusations that Attorney General John Swallow helped to arrange a lobbying effort aimed at sidetracking a federal investigation of Internet entrepreneur Jeremy Johnson.</span></p> Mon, 14 Jan 2013 20:50:26 +0000 Dan Bammes 23569 at http://kuer.org Critics Demand Investigations of Utah's Attorney General