Former Utah Attorneys General Face Bribery Charges
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Two former attorneys general of Utah, Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow were arrested earlier this week on multiple bribery charges. Both are free on bail, and have claimed allegations against them are politically motivated. Shurtleff is the longest-serving attorney general of Utah and was in office for more than 12 years. Swallow first served under Shurtleff as his chief deputy from 2009 to the beginning of 2013, after which he assumed the role of attorney general.
Besides the bribery charges and other allegations against him, Swallow has also been accused of deleting records. He has maintained that any deletion of records were absolutely unintentional. An investigation by Utah lawmakers also came to the conclusion that Swallow had fabricated records.
The first allegations against Swallow came in relation to accusations by a businessman close to Swallow that he had arranged the bribing of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Both Reid and Swallow denied the allegations. Reid has not been implicated yet in the investigation in the matter.
Swallow, however, resigned last year after almost 11 months of continuous investigations and public outcry. He maintains that he did not break any law, but he resigned to spare himself the stress of continuing in office with allegations and investigations against him.
In a formal statement, Gary Herbert, the Governor of Utah, said, "This is a sad day .... The entire situation regardless of how the legal process plays out, is a black eye for our state."
According to court records, prosecutors have brought 10 charges against Shurtleff and 13 against Swallow. If they are convicted, both former attorneys general may have to spend more than a decade behind the bars. The FBI said investigations are continuing and additional charges against both men could be added.
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