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New search warrants released as probe of 2 former attorneys general continues.

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Third District Judge Vernice Trease signed the warrants Dec. 17, letting investigators search the computers and data devices they seized when Lawson was arrested at his Provo home.

Another warrant demands that a cellphone provider turn over records of former Chief Deputy Attorney General Kirk Torgensen, who was reassigned this week by new Attorney General Sean Reyes.

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A new legal issue

Former Attorney General John Swallow has apparently opened a private practice. Swallow filed paperwork Monday with the Utah Department of Commerce creating the Swallow Law Office, with the address for the business listed as his Sandy home.

But it appears that in setting up his legal practice, Swallow is in murky area.

The law practice is owned by Swallow & Associates, a company he and his wife, Suzanne, established in 1998 and has been the umbrella for several of their business interests. Utah’s Rules of Professional Conduct prohibit a nonlawyer from holding any interest in a for-profit law firm. Suzanne Swallow is not an attorney.

Swallow was admitted to the Utah State Bar in 1990. The bar recently dismissed the second of two known complaints of ethical misconduct filed against him. Swallow, still the subject of an ongoing criminal probe, stepped down as attorney general Dec. 3, citing the financial and personal strain of ongoing investigations.

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