Utahn of the Year asked tough questions to shine a light on alleged abuses of power

30 12 2013

Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill has worked for the past year to uncover the truth about two high profile cases — the shooting death of Danielle Willard by West Valley City detectives and allegations of influence peddling by former Utah Attorney General John Swallow and his predecessor, Mark Shurtleff.

Gill has been criticized by the detectives’ attorneys and a Republican party official for his investigation of the West Valley case. His response: “At the end of the day, it is the facts and the evidence at hand that drive the situation. Nobody is above the law.”

His efforts led The Salt Lake Tribune to name Gill its Utahn of the Year

“Sim Gill is just doing his job,” Terry Orme, The Tribune’s editor and publisher, wrote. “But it is a very tough job, a very important job — one that has profound bearing on how people in power in Utah conduct themselves, one that demonstrates to all that justice will be served for all.”

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29 11 2014
John Hamula

I admire Sim Gill for his dilligence in seeking the truth. The 16 page report from the FBI was clear on the coverup of former Det. Shawn Cowley. He lied, investigators found the killing couldn’t have happened as Cowley reported, yet all charges were recently dropped. A slap in the face of Justice. Its obvious that Sim Gills Statement that “nobody is above the law”, was mistaken. I for one find it frightening, and it’s business as usual for police.

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