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"He’s always maintained his innocence — from day one," McCaughey said. "I think this will go to trial."
McCaughey said he doesn’t believe his client will be charged with any more crimes — "[investigators] have had two years to figure it out, so I think we’re seeing all the charges they can come up with" — but acknowledged the path ahead will be a long one.
Among the chief challenges McCaughey anticipates, he said, isn’t the charges or the evidence or the sometimes-grueling prosecution.
It’s the press.
"When it comes time to pick a jury, you’re going to need to find people who haven’t heard about this case," he said. "That’s going to be a problem."
A Utah State Bar investigation into the conduct of both ex-attorneys general also remains open. That probe, officials said, could result in discipline, a public reprimand or, in the most extreme cases, license suspension or disbarment.
Shurtleff confidant Tim Lawson was charged in December with six felonies.
Robert Gehrke contributed to this story.
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