Not guilty, jury acquits John Swallow

John Swallow and his attorneys react as the jury announces its decision of not guilty on all counts, Thursday, March 2, 2017 | Photo supplied by court pool, File, St. George News,

SALT LAKE CITY — A jury returned verdicts of “not guilty” Thursday night on all of the counts against former Utah Attorney John Swallow.

The jury began deliberating around 4 p.m. Wednesday after hearing hours of closing arguments in the case. For nearly a month now, the five man, three woman jury has been hearing from dozens of witnesses including lobbyists, lawyers, politicos and a man convicted of fraud.

The prosecutors’ case was not helped when one of their star witnesses, imprisoned St. George businessman Jeremy Johnson, refused to testify. After rejecting immunity deals, he was found in contempt and sentenced to 30 days in jail. Johnson was key to some of the counts against Swallow.

By the end of the trial, prosecutors dismissed four counts against Swallow.

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Written by BEN WINSLOW,

Copyright © 2017, KSTU. A Tribune broadcasting station


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  • ladybugavenger March 2, 2017 at 7:43 pm

    Lol…of course they did, but he’s still guilty.

    • mesaman March 3, 2017 at 4:38 pm

      And now, direct from the horses mouth, the REAL judicial process. Seems the insect knows more jurisprudence than the judge, jury, and attorneys from both sides. Your bias is showing, bug.

      • ladybugavenger March 4, 2017 at 5:21 am

        Yep, I am biased. Corrupt officials everyway getting away with crimes everyday and hiding under the umbrella of “I didn’t know what was going on it’s the people below me.”

        • desertgirl March 4, 2017 at 12:39 pm

          Corrupt officials getting away with crimes everyday? You mean like Clinton and Benghazi? or all those missing and deleted emails from her private home server?
          The whole trial was an expensive witch hunt.

          • ladybugavenger March 5, 2017 at 8:55 am

            Pick any example you wish, but yes that is a good example you referred too. Corrupt Corrupt Corrupt at all levels of government. They come in with good intentions of changing the world but soon learn that’s not how things are done in government, they learn quickly to sit down and shut up and do it this way (the corrupt way) if you want to keep your job. It’s just how it is.

            Thank God for Trump!!!!! Expose ’em all Trump!

  • .... March 2, 2017 at 8:22 pm

    Ha ha NOT guilty on all counts !! deal with it ! Ha ha

    • Real Life March 3, 2017 at 12:15 pm

      Well you got up early today.

  • mshaw March 2, 2017 at 8:30 pm

    So did john swallow

  • mshaw March 2, 2017 at 9:31 pm

    I bet john feels like oj Simpson did on the day he was found not guilty

  • mshaw March 2, 2017 at 9:32 pm

    And he probably got to keep his temple recommend

    • mesaman March 3, 2017 at 4:39 pm

      Go join ladybug for a sip of the old liberal cool aid, you certainly need it.

      • ladybugavenger March 5, 2017 at 8:58 am

        How about a Redds strawberry ale instead of “cool aid” or we can sit down with our Mexican friend Jose Cuervo and take a shot. I’m open to those options 🙂 Don’t drink and drive

  • Badshitzoo March 3, 2017 at 1:03 am

    Really? All those charges and they couldn’t bring in even a single “W” for the millions in taxpayer dollars spent? Everyone that worked on this case should be fired! Everyone above this prosecutor that had anything to do with pushing this prosecution, or allowing it to proceed should be gone!

  • Uncle Rico March 3, 2017 at 7:52 pm

    Swallow was the fall guy. Shurtleff is probably guilty IMO.

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