It’s not a question of if Rep Justin Miller will resign, but of when and how

Utah is no stranger to elected officials forced to resign under a cloud of controversy. There is, however, a pretty stark difference in how they do it. Most recently, we saw John Swallow forced to finally resign as Attorney General as the evidence piled up that he ran a pay-to-play operation inherited from mentor and former Attorney General Mark Shurtleff. It took ten full months of near-daily bombshells in the news for him to make this decision. During that time employee morale sank and his office accomplished little. The scandal meant he…

Top ten things that are easier than being a Democratic campaign consultant in Utah

So – the D’s are on the hot seat right now, as Rep. Justin Miller has a criminal investigation underway looking at his alleged slight of hand and some thirty grand gone missing from his previous employer. He’s no Jean Valjean needing bread to feed his sister’s starving child.  Apparently, he needed wanted the money to set up shop as a Democratic campaign consultant. In Utah. Now it might just be me, but there are a lot of things that are easier and have a much better chance of success than being…

Egg on its face: the Utah Bar and the Swallow Complaints

Utah Attorney General John Swallow resigns

Has the Utah Bar failed in its duty to the public to self-regulate? That’s a question a pair of lawyers have asked in the wake of the John Swallow scandal, still unfolding as prosecutors in Davis and Salt Lake Counties continue their investigation into John Swallow, Mark Shurtleff, and their associates. Wrote Russell Fericks and David Irvine in the Salt Lake Tribune: The Bar’s refusal to act on the two Swallow complaints is not a convincing demonstration of its ability and willingness to self-regulate. The legal profession in Utah, and the public…