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Swallow, Shurtleff appear in court, vow to beat charges

Despite the slew of criminal charges, both former top Utah prosecutors vow to prove their innocence, ask for a speedy trial.



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Hansen did not read aloud the long list of charges against the former attorneys general. He did order them to have zero contact with each other as their cases proceed — a standard requirement for co-defendants in a criminal case.

Shurtleff, who made Swallow his chosen successor, was charged with 10 felonies, including receiving or soliciting bribes, accepting gifts, tampering with witnesses and evidence and participating in a pattern of unlawful conduct.

At a glance

Initial appearances

Former Utah Attorneys General John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff made their initial 3rd District Court appearances Wednesday. The next hearing is set for Aug. 18. Here are the charges they face:

Charges against Swallow:

Count 1 »  Pattern of unlawful activity, second-degree felony

Count 2 » Accepting a gift, second-degree felony

Counts 3-5 » Receiving or soliciting a bribe, second-degree felonies

Count 6 »  False or inconsistent material statements, second-degree felony

Counts 7-9 »  Tampering with evidence, third-degree felony

Count 10 » Misuse of public money, third-degree felony

Count 11 » Obstructing justice, third-degree felony

Count 12 »  Falsification or alteration of government record, class B misdemeanor

Count 13 » Failure to disclose conflict of interest, class B misdemeanor

Charges against Shurtleff:

Count 1 »  Pattern of unlawful activity, second-degree felony

Counts 2-4 » Receiving or soliciting a bribe, second-degree felonies

Counts 5-6 » Accepting a gift, second-degree felony

Count 7 »  Accepting employment that would impair judgment, second-degree felony

Count 8 »  Tampering with a witness, third-degree felony

Count 9 » Tampering with evidence, third-degree felony

Count 10 » Obstructing justice, third-degree felony

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Swallow, who was forced to step down in December less than a year into his first term, was charged with 11 felonies and two misdemeanors, including multiple counts of receiving or soliciting bribes, accepting gifts, tampering with evidence, obstructing justice and participating in a pattern of unlawful conduct.

The charges come after two years of investigative work by state and federal authorities, as well as separate inquiries by the Utah Legislature and the lieutenant governor’s office.

Both men were arrested July 15 and booked into the Salt Lake County jail. Bail was set at $250,000 each. They were released hours later. Neither had to post bond — an offer made by Gill as a show of good faith.

"They are first-time offenders," Gill said then. "But they’re first-time offenders unlike any in the history of the state."

mlang@sltrib.com, gehrke@sltrib.com

Twitter: @Marissa_Jae, @RobertGehrke




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