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  • (Trent Nelson  |   Tribune file photo)   Salt Lake City Council Member Stan Penfold during a meeting of the council in Salt Lake City, Tuesday January 5, 2016. Critics question if SLC council post cuts into Stan Penfold’s work with Utah AIDS Foundation
    A petition circulating through Utah’s gay community is calling for greater accountability at the Utah AIDS Foundation, citing concerns over the leader...
    Updated Mar 23 2017 11:34 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Former Utah Attorney General John Swallow talks to members of the media after his trial Thursday, March 2, 2017, in Salt Lake City. Swallows was acquitted Thursday of bribery and evidence tampering charges in one of the highest-profile scandals in state history. (Chris Detrick/The Salt Lake Tribune)   via AP) Swallow will ask state to pay his legal tab
    Mark Shurtleff’s six-figure bill for legal fees isn’t the only one the Utah attorney general’s office is likely to get. Former Utah Attorney General J...
    Updated Mar 09 2017 10:40 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Former Attorney General Mark Shurtleff and his attorney Richard Van Wagoner have a discussion during a scheduling hearing at the Matheson courthouse, Monday, March 23, 2015.  Third District Court Judge Randall Skanchy set a June 15 date for a hearing to determine whether Shurtleff will stand trial on bribery and corruption charges. Shurtleff sues state for at least $1.1M, alleges Utah A.G. Sean Reyes interfered in his case
    Mark Shurtleff sued the state Thursday for at least $1.1 million in damages and legal fees, arguing he is owed the money because Utah Attorney General...
    Updated Mar 09 2017 10:40 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Mark Shurtleff in Salt Lake City, Thursday August 18, 2016. Shurtleff slaps agents with misconduct complaint
    Former Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff has filed a federal misconduct complaint against state and federal agents who drove the public-corruption ...
    Updated Mar 07 2017 09:30 am   |     |   Share
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  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   John Swallow poses for a portrait at Storm Mountain Park in Sandy Friday March 3, 2017. Swallow: I’ve been totally ‘exonerated,’ but I got ‘suckered’
    One day after he was cleared of public-corruption charges, a grateful John Swallow said he believes the exoneration awarded him by a jury offers him b...
    Updated Mar 06 2017 10:45 am   |     |   Share
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  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Former Utah Attorney General John Swallow talks to members of the media after his trial Thursday March 2, 2017. Jurors found former Utah Attorney General John Swallow not guilty of all counts. Utah’s biggest political scandal ends with zero convictions as jury clears Swallow
    The burden of four years living under a cloud of suspicion and an intense four-week trial began to lift for former Utah Attorney General John Swallow ...
    Updated Mar 09 2017 05:59 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Scott Sommerdorf | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Former Utah Attorney General John Swallow in court, Wednesday, March 1, 2017. Racketeer or innocent man? Jury deliberates John Swallow’s fate
    With tears in his eyes, John Swallow stood Wednesday afternoon before the jury — eight men and women who will decide whether the former Utah attorney ...
    Updated Mar 09 2017 05:57 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Scott Sommerdorf | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Former Utah Attorney General John Swallow in court, Wednesday, March 1, 2017. Latest from the John Swallow corruption trial: Jury is deliberating former Utah attorney general’s fate on nine criminal counts
    Jury deliberations are expected to begin Wednesday in the public corruption trial of former Utah Attorney General John Swallow. A jury of 12 has heard...
    Updated Mar 27 2017 03:05 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   House Speaker Greg Hughes in the House Chamber as the Utah State Legislature meets in Salt Lake City, Tuesday January 24, 2017. No Hughes testimony at Swallow trial, but House speaker’s been pulled into separate case
    Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes wasn’t called to testify in the criminal trial of John Swallow, as originally planned, after a key witness thrust his n...
    Updated Mar 09 2017 05:51 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Gary Marx testifies during the John Swallow public-corruption trial in Salt Lake City, Tuesday February 28, 2017. Jury may get Swallow case Wednesday without hearing from the accused
    John Swallow’s defense team rested its case Tuesday with a handful of witnesses and a high degree of confidence. “If this system works the way it shou...
    Updated Mar 01 2017 08:09 am   |     |   Share
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  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   John Swallow, left, listens to witness testimony alongside defense attorneys Scott C. Williams, center, and Brad Anderson on day 10 of his public-corruption trial in Salt Lake City, Wednesday, February 22, 2017. Latest from the John Swallow corruption trial: Prosecutors ask judge to dismiss another count, leaving only nine charges
    Lawyers for John Swallow on Tuesday are expected to call witnesses to defend the former Utah attorney general from public corruption-related criminal ...
    Updated Feb 28 2017 05:58 pm   |     |   Share
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  • John Swallow sits with his defense team during the fourth day of his public corruption trial at the Matheson Courthouse in Salt Lake City on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017. Swallow defense motion seeks clear basis for racketeering charge
    Former Utah Attorney General John Swallow says prosecutors need to make up their minds. That’s the contention of a new 3rd District Court filing that ...
    Updated Feb 27 2017 09:06 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Mark Shurtleff talks reporters at the Matheson Courthouse, in Salt Lake City, Friday, February 24, 2017. Shurtleff won’t be testifying in Swallow case, neither will Hughes
    Former Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff will not testify in the public corruption trial of his former chief civil deputy and successor, John Swall...
    Updated Mar 09 2017 05:40 pm   |     |   Share
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  • FBI special agent Jon Isakson collects his papers after testifying at former Utah Attorney General John Swallow’s trial at Matheson Courthouse in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017. A photograph is displayed of Tim Lawson,  a friend to both former Utah Attorneys General Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow, Shurtleff and Swallow golfing in Pelican Hill Golf Club in 2009. Swallow prosecutors rest their case, drop three charges
    Prosecutors wrapped up their part of John Swallow’s public-corruption trial Thursday, but not before dropping three of the 13 charges the former Utah ...
    Updated Mar 09 2017 05:39 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   FBI Special Agent Jon Isakson testifies on day 10 of John Swallow public-corruption trial in Salt Lake City, Wednesday, February 22, 2017. Latest from the John Swallow corruption trial: Defense to ask judge to dismiss the case
    An FBI agent was back on the stand Thursday to face cross-examination from former Utah Attorney General John Swallow’s defense team. Special Agent Jo...
    Updated Feb 24 2017 12:09 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   FBI Special Agent Jon Isakson testifies on day 10 of John Swallow public-corruption trial in Salt Lake City, as segments of a recorded deposition with Swallow are played in court on Wednesday, February 22, 2017. Agent grilled about why feds backed away from charging Swallow, Shurtleff
    The question of why the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) pulled the plug on its investigation of former Utah Attorneys General John Swallow and Mark S...
    Updated Feb 22 2017 11:43 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Prosecutors Chou Chou Collins, Assistant Salt Lake County District Attorney Fred Burmester and FBI Special Agent Jon Isakson, from left, go over documents during day 10 of the John Swallow public-corruption trial in Salt Lake City, Wednesday, February 22, 2017. Latest from the John Swallow corruption trial: Defense claims FBI agent perjured himself
    Salt Lake County prosecutors are expected to rest their case Wednesday against former Utah Attorney General John Swallow. The state has a handful of ...
    Updated Feb 23 2017 09:07 am   |     |   Share
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  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Equality Utah’s Troy Williams speaks to the Human Rights Campaign report survey results of Salt Lake City at the City-County Building Monday October 17.  It showed Salt Lake City earning a better than average score among U.S. cities when judged on its policies and practices of including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer citizens.  Behind from left, Chad Griffin, Human Rights Campaign, Bruce Bastian, Equality Utah and Stan Penfold, Salt Lake City councilman.    The survey conducted by the Human Rights Campaign, the Metropolitan Equality Index is the only national assessment of LGGBTQ inclusion in municipal law and policy.  A record 506 cities were evaluated for the report, with 60 cities earning a perfect score of 100. Salt Lake City earned the highest ranking — 69 — among the eight Utah cities included in the survey. Judge stays lawsuit over Utah’s ‘no promo homo’ laws in anticipation of legislative fix
    A federal judge on Wednesday temporarily halted a lawsuit challenging Utah curriculum laws and policies that prohibit the advocacy of homosexuality in...
    Updated Feb 22 2017 06:41 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   John Swallow, rear, listens with his defense team, from left:   Brad Anderson, Cara Tangaro, Swallow, and Scott C. Williams, during his public-corruption trial in Salt Lake City on Tuesday. Swallow jury told to follow the money and the gold coins and the burner phones and ...
    Prosecutors took a jury on a winding trip Tuesday through the public corruption and misdeeds allegedly committed by former Attorney General John Swall...
    Updated Mar 09 2017 05:39 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Jeremy Johnson enters the courtroom, to again refuse to answer questions, during the John Swallow public-corruption trial in Salt Lake City, Tuesday February 21, 2017. Latest from the John Swallow corruption trial: Prepaid debit card cash was for gold coins Swallow had sold to payday lending magnate
    Just call it Groundhog Day. Day nine of the public corruption trial of former Utah Attorney General John Swallow started Tuesday much like it did eve...
    Updated Feb 23 2017 02:02 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Renae Cowley ï Former campaign aid to John Swallow Former Swallow campaign aide decries ‘cruel’ search by agents
    A former campaign aide to John Swallow wept on the witness stand Friday, describing how she felt violated when agents raided her home, pawed her gun a...
    Updated Feb 17 2017 10:08 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Former Chief Deputy for Utah Attorney General Kirk Torgensen, center, appears at the Matheson Courthouse in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, alongside attorney’s Matt Lewis, left, and Brett Tolman, as they ask for an immediate release of Torgensen after prosecutors had him arrested to ensure he would show up for the February trial of former Utah Attorney General John Swallow. Judge Elizabeth Hruby-Mills ordered Torgensen be released, surrender his passport and appear in Utah on Feb. 8, 9, 10, to serve as a witness for prosecutors in Swallow’s case. Arrested Swallow trial witness wants state to pay legal bills, compensation for missed trip
    Lawyers for a former chief deputy to two Utah attorneys general say the state should pay the legal bills he incurred after the Salt Lake County Distri...
    Updated Feb 17 2017 10:43 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Jeremy Johnson answers some preliminary questions before refusing to answer questions about former Utah Attorney General John Swallow during the trial of Swallow at the Matheson Courthouse in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017.  Latest from the John Swallow corruption trial: Campaign organizer says Swallow told donors contributions were not ‘fire insurance’ or protection
    John Swallow’s public corruption trial moves into its eighth day Friday — halfway through the planned 16 days the court has scheduled for the proceed...
    Updated Feb 21 2017 12:33 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Jeremy Johnson answers some preliminary questions before refusing to answer questions about former Utah Attorney General John Swallow during the trial of Swallow at the Matheson Courthouse in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017.  Johnson clams up again at Swallow trial, finds himself back in the slammer
    For a second day, a major state witness in the public-corruption trial of former Utah Attorney General John Swallow took the stand and again refused t...
    Updated Feb 18 2017 08:50 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Jeremy Johnson enters the courtroom for the trial of former Utah Attorney General John Swallow at the Matheson Courthouse in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017.  Latest from the John Swallow corruption trial: Jeremy Johnson again refuses to answer questions, is sent back to jail on contempt order
    The seventh day of the John Swallow public-corruption trial is expected to start much the way the sixth one ended: With the court and a critical state...
    Updated Feb 16 2017 06:39 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Jeremy Johnson takes the 5th amendment and declines to testify in John Swallow’s public corruption trial in Salt Lake City Wednesday Feb. 15.  He was placed in contempt of court and lead out of the courtrom. Johnson ‘can’t answer’ in Swallow trial, will get another chance Thursday
    The man whose mouth set off the scandal that ensnared John Swallow refused to talk Wednesday and, in doing so, gummed up the prosecution of the former...
    Updated Feb 18 2017 08:50 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Jeremy Johnson takes the 5th amendment and declines to testify in John Swallow’s public corruption trial in Salt Lake City Wed. Feb. 15.  He was placed in contempt of court. Latest from the John Swallow corruption trial: Johnson refuses to answer questions, judge sends him to jail for contempt of court
    Day six of former Utah Attorney General John Swallow’s public-corruption trial began Wednesday with the cross-examination of Assistant Utah Attorney G...
    Updated Feb 16 2017 08:24 am   |     |   Share
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  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   John Swallow stands with is defense team for the jury to enter the courtroom Tuesday Feb. 14 for the second week of his public corruption trial.  Tuesday’s testimony focuses more on Shurtleff than the ex-Utah A.G. who’s on trial
    Witness after state witness testified Tuesday about the odd relationship between a former Utah attorney general and a pair of businessmen that include...
    Updated Feb 14 2017 11:58 pm   |     |   Share
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  • John Swallow sits with his defense team during the fourth day of his public corruption trial at the Matheson Courthouse in Salt Lake City on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017. Latest from the John Swallow public corruption trial: FBI forensic accountant finds no cash payments to John Swallow from Marc Jenson
    Testimony resumed Tuesday morning in the John Swallow public-corruption trial, with Paul Nelson — a security expert who worked for Marc Sessions Jenso...
    Updated Feb 14 2017 09:27 pm   |     |   Share
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  • John Swallow sits with his defense team during the fourth day of his public corruption trial at the Matheson Courthouse in Salt Lake City on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017. John Swallow’s public corruption trial enters Week 2
    The public corruption trial of former Utah Attorney General John Swallow is expected to resume for its second week on Tuesday, with testimony from an ...
    Updated Feb 14 2017 07:29 am   |     |   Share
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