How did a meeting at an Orem doughnut shop balloon into the biggest political scandal in Utah history? How did an attorney general who captured nearly two-thirds of the vote see his administration begin to implode a mere four days after taking office? How did his predecessor, elected three times as the state's top law-enforcement officer, wind up accused of being a crook?
Learn the answers to those questions and more Wednesday, Sept. 10, at 7 p.m., when The Salt Lake Tribune hosts a free Town Hall forum "Anatomy of a Scandal" at Salt Lake City's Main Library about the rise and political fall of former Utah Attorneys General John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff.
Providing the insights will be the newspaper's award-winning reporting team of Robert Gehrke and Tom Harvey, who together gathered hundreds of documents, obtained hours of recorded conversations, analyzed stacks of campaign contributions and conducted scores of interviews all of it resulting in nearly 300 news stories that prompted five independent investigations, a string of political reforms and, ultimately, 23 criminal charges against Swallow and Shurtleff.