Thursday, October 26, 2006

Complicity? Cowardice?

SLCo D.A. David Yocom and Utah A.G. Mark Shurtleff together decided NOT to investigate the illegal donation scheme of Dell Loy Hansen of Wasatch Property Management. Know why? Because Yocom is already up to his neck in an election eve sabotage investigation and another might backfire and Shurtleff is currently running ads for Lohra Miller.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

you mean David Yocom?

10/26/2006 11:25:00 PM  
Blogger Ethan said...

Whoops, thanks for catching that. Fixed it.

10/26/2006 11:38:00 PM  
Anonymous The Spyglass said...

This is a dead story.
Thursday, October 26, 2006
Lohra Miller broke no law, prosecutors decide

By Leigh DethmanDeseret Morning News
The Republican candidate for Salt Lake County district attorney didn't break any laws by accepting third-hand campaign contributions from a property management company, a team of government prosecutors found.

Lohra Miller The prosecutors from the district attorney's and attorney general's offices ruled Wednesday that Lohra Miller did nothing illegal by accepting money from Wasatch Property Management employees even though there were accusations that the donations were forced. Former employee Shauna Hardy said she was one of 12 employees who allegedly received $2,000 bonuses and then were ordered to sign the cash over to Miller's campaign fund. Miller, who has claimed she was always open about contributions and did nothing illegal, said the ruling is vindication. "I hope that this is the end of the dirty campaigning, so now we can go back to focusing on the important issues of this race," Miller said. "I hope the voters can see this for what it is — it's just dirty campaigning just before the election." The investigation started after former University of Utah law professor John Flynn filed a complaint asking the district attorney to determine if the proxy contributions violated the law. County law says donors cannot make a contribution with someone else's funds. If elected officials knowingly accept the money from a contractor who works for the county, they could be charged with a class-B misdemeanor. After Flynn's complaint, the question of who should investigate seemed difficult. The problem was Attorney General Mark Shurtleff backs Miller, while District Attorney David Yocom is endorsing her Democratic opponent, Sim Gill. Both Shurtleff and Yocom declined to investigate, because of the obvious conflicts of interest, said Paul Murphy, spokesman for the Attorney General's Office. Instead, their respective staffs did the work.

The team of prosecutors said that since Miller is not an elected official and Wasatch Property Management does not have a contract with the county, no crime was committed. "Since the action complained of is not a crime, and further action would unnecessarily expend public funds investigating a matter that has no basis for prosecution, this concludes the matter for both prosecutors' offices," the attorneys wrote in a joint statement. Even so, Flynn said he still believes Miller and Wasatch Property Management violated the spirit of the law. "I think any voter would like to know who is paying for the campaign of the various candidates on the ballot," Flynn said. "If people hide contributions by playing games like this, I think that's inappropriate." To avoid problems like this in the future, Flynn said Utah campaigns should be publicly financed. Wednesday's ruling also clears Wasatch Property Management of any criminal liability, since the company does not have a contract with the county. Wasatch Property Management officials, including chief executive officer Dell Loy Hansen, did not return phone calls seeking comment. Matt Burbank, a political science professor at the University of Utah, said the incident illustrates why the district attorney's office should be nonpartisan. Both Miller and Gill agree. They said they believe a system needs to be set up to avoid the slightest appearance of political bias in cases requiring an investigation of elected officials or candidates. The two candidates, however, have different ideas on how to achieve that. Miller wants the Legislature to set a statutory procedure that district attorneys must follow in cases where political bias might come into play. She said the law should clearly spell out when a district attorney should be removed from a case, as well as what a conflict of interest is for the county's top prosecutor. Sen. Mark Madsen, R-Lehi, sponsored a bill in the 2006 legislative session that would have done just that but withdrew the bill and instead sent it to an interim study committee. "We can make a change beforehand, before the issue comes up," Miller said. "We've got to remove politics out of the office entirely." Gill said he wouldn't wait for the Legislature to take action. He said that within 90 days of taking office, he would set up a bipartisan advisory board made up of former judges and lawyers "that I hope I will never have to call upon." The board would review evidence and recommend whether the district attorney should file charges against an elected official. "It would establish integrity and trust for that office," Gill said of the board. "Politics absolutely has no place at the district attorney's office — period."

The real question is who pushed the investigation of Ott's office, it was not Peter, he is fuming mad. How come all the stuff on Swenson's office has'nt been told in the media? Can we say Democratic journalists, see no evil, speak no evil, hear no evil when it comes to their people caught with their hand in the cookie jar?

10/27/2006 01:13:00 AM  
Anonymous The Cartel Cryer! said...

Not dead; maybe Lohra didn't break any laws, but the apperence of evil (Nancy Workman) is back.

Lohra campaign manager was Nancy Workman's manager.

Dell Loy was bought a building so he could sell it to his buddy Nancy for DA's office.

But Nancy got into some hot water, and Dell Loy was screwed!

Hey, I will help Lohra with un-ethical campaign contributions!

Then I will sell my building and make it all back and then some!


10/27/2006 01:21:00 AM  
Anonymous The Spyglass said...

And how is this any different than the Website set up for Gill that stole copyrighted pictures?

Lohra Miller is the most decent person I know in the cesspool of Salt Lake County politics.

In addition I want to see more Women elected to positions of power. Let's face it, Lohra's a babe, and Sim Gill looks like Mr. Rogers on Prozack, Yikes!

10/27/2006 01:37:00 AM  
Blogger That One Guy said...

Lest you think this state ISN'T run by big money real estate developers and their sock puppets...

10/27/2006 07:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That webiste had nothing to do with Gill. James Evans went public with it and got trounced.

Cliff Lyon was trying to show how easy it is to set up a website for any candidate. He chose Sim. When he showed the website to Sim;s campaign they declined everything except the photos.

It is very different Mark, not even in the same ballpark, and I apalled that you would even suggest that this is the same.

A eager Democrat builds a website that is never used or paid for verses a developer who hands out bonuses and then attempts to coerce those employees into giving the bonus to a political candidate.

Sure Mark, let's elect your favorite pin up girl instead of a qualified candiate who has un-ethical campaign contibutions ties.

10/27/2006 08:45:00 AM  
Blogger Oldenburg said...

what "other" election eve investigation is going on by Dave Yocum right now? I have no idea what you are even alluding to.

10/27/2006 12:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't confuse Sim Gill for being ethical. He has been David Yocom's puppet in the past.

10/27/2006 12:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yocom has nothing to do with this "investigation" into county hiring abuses. The COUNTY AUDITOR is doing an audit -- meaning NO CRIMINAL CHARGES, at least not yet. If the auditor finds anything criminal, he'll forward it onto the DA.

Get the facts straight Ethan.

10/29/2006 10:06:00 PM  
Blogger Rob said...

Sim Gill will be a great, ethical DA.

10/30/2006 03:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well that settles it then Rob. No one has ever accused Rob Miller of having a bias or being the State Democratic Vice-Chair.

10/30/2006 12:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Lars Larson said...

I didn't post the previous shot at you Rob, but in all seriousness, how well do you know Sim Gill. My contacts in the legal field all tell me that Lohra is the better candidate. I actually would like to hear someone speak for the other side. What is it that you like about Sim Gill?

10/30/2006 01:54:00 PM  
Anonymous The Spyglass said...

Hey Ethan, please change over to the Beta Blog so I can use my Blogger display name. When I try to post something, it just blows up. So I continue to post manually The Spyglass.

The rest of the story on Sim Gill....

Bar Complaint to be Filed Against Sim Gill
Friday, 27 October 2006
By Jeffrey Madsen, Freelance Reporter

An attorney misconduct complaint is to be filed against Sim Gill, the Democratic Party’s candidate for Salt Lake County District Attorney. The papers, submitted to the Utah Bar Association, allege that some of Gill’s campaign billboards assert he is “Court Approved.”

Under the Rules of Professional Responsibility (Rule 7.1 Communications Concerning a Lawyer’s Services), “A lawyer shall not make a false or misleading communication about the lawyer or the lawyer’s services. A communication is misleading if it contains a material misrepresentation of fact or law…”. The complaint states that the court does not certify attorneys in such a manner and Gill’s proclamation could be construed to mean that other candidates or other members of the bar are not approved by the courts.

Several attorneys have already complained to the Court Administrator’s office about Gill’s billboards. When asked about the advertisements, the Court Administrator’s office said, “we can not endorse any candidate for political office.” The attorneys were also upset by the fact that one of the billboards can be seen from the Court Administrator’s office.

This will be the second time an investigation into Sim Gill’s conduct has been requested since he entered District Attorney’s race. Earlier this year, the Salt Lake County Republican Party Chair called for an investigation into Gill’s finances, charging that Gill, who has been the Salt Lake City prosecutor since 2001, “knowingly and intentionally” omitted information from three financial disclosure reports. If true, such omissions would be class B misdemeanors.

10/31/2006 02:58:00 AM  
Blogger Darrell said...

"Well that settles it then Rob. No one has ever accused Rob Miller of having a bias or being the State Democratic Vice-Chair."

It is also true that Rob miller is a most sincere and decent person. I respect his opinion and it seems he is well liked by people on both sides of the rail.

10/31/2006 10:37:00 PM  
Blogger MJG said...

The sabotage that Yocom is into can not be officially commented on but has to do with the Utah Doll House arrests that happened earlier in October.

11/01/2006 07:11:00 PM  

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