Utah Attorney General

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  Carbon County Sheriff James Cordova has been charged with felony counts of theft and misuse of public funds. 

Court documents filed by the Utah Attorney General’s office accuse Sheriff Cordova of using a county trailer to move his personal belongings to a home in St. George and with charging two thousand dollars’ worth of gasoline to a county credit card.

Brian Grimmett

In the only statewide election on this year’s ballot, Utahns chose Republican Sean Reyes to be the next Attorney General.

Sean Reyes received more than 60 percent of the vote beating out his challenger, Democrat Charles Stormont, by more than 30 percentage points. Reyes says the numbers indicate that he didn’t just win because he’s a Republican.

“There had to be a lot of Democrats and Independents who believed in our vision of returning the office back to an office, not an overtly political office, but a law office,” Reyes says.

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Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes and Democratic challenger Charles Stormont say they each have a plan to restore integrity to the office of the state’s chief legal advisor in the wake of a scandal that drove the former Attorney General  to resign.  In our continuing series profiling Utah major mid-term election races, we examine each candidate’s strategy and how they might influence voters.

Brian Grimmett

A growing group of Utah lawmakers want to take control of land inside the states borders that is managed by the federal government. Democratic Attorney General candidate Charles Stormont is arguing that the federal courts should not be the place to stage that fight.

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Former Utah Attorneys General Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow made their first court appearance today as defendants against several charges of corruption and bribery.

Shurtleff and Swallow’s initial appearance in the Third District Court was brief. It lasted about 3 minutes. The two stood together and waived the reading of the 23 charges Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill has brought against them.

Before entering the court, Shurtleff spoke briefly with a large crowd of reporters. He said he’s been receiving a lot of support.

Judy Fahys

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.

The U.S. Supreme Court granted Utah’s request to stay a federal judge’s ruling that overturned the state’s law banning same-sex marriage.  The stay effectively stops county clerks from issuing any more marriage licenses to gay couples for now.

Brian Grimmett

Sean Reyes was officially sworn in as the new Attorney General of Utah today in a ceremony at the State Capitol.

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.

Brian Grimmett

Governor Gary Herbert has selected Sean Reyes to be Utah’s next Attorney General. 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.

“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.

Brian Grimmett

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.

Brian Grimmett

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.

Brian Grimmett

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.

Brian Grimmett

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 take a look at the relatively unknown, Robert Smith.

Brian Grimmett

Members of the Utah Republican state central committee selected Sean Reyes, Robert Smith and Brian Tarbet 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.

“I’m going to interview them, I’m going to talk with them. It’s about restoring trust in the AG’s office and confidence for the people of Utah. And I think I’ve got three great people to choose from.”

Utah County Sheriff's Office

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.

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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.  

The state Government Operations interim committee will be taking a look at a bi-partisan proposal Wednesday to put a limit on campaign contributions.

Brian Grimmett

Debra Brown will remain a free woman after the Utah Supreme Court upheld a lower court’s ruling that cleared her of murder.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Brian Grimmett

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.  

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.

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Utah Attorney General John Swallow is encouraging Congress to enact immigration reform.  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. 

Swallow says drug crime, identity theft issues, and gangs tied to illegal immigration are threatening Utah’s safety and economy.

Andrea Smardon

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.  The Court will hear arguments in two cases concerning the federal Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8.  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.  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. 

Utah Republican Party leaders decided to table a discussion about a scandal affecting Attorney General John Swallow over the weekend.  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. 

The Salt Lake Tribune (pool photo)

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.

The Salt Lake Tribune (pool photo)

The chorus of voices demanding an investigation of Utah's attorney general is growing.  The Alliance for a Better Utah 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.

Alliance Director Maryann Martindale says, if what Johnson has been saying is true, Swallow could have violated ethical standards.