SALT LAKE CITY – Former Utah Attorneys General Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow appeared in 3rd District Court in Salt Lake City Wednesday afternoon. These first appearances mark a first in Utah history.
On July 15, both men were arrested at their homes and then booked into the Salt Lake County Jail. Bail was set at $250,000 each. Both men were allowed to leave the jail, without paying bail, on partial release.
Charges against both are related to allegations of patterns of unlawful activity, soliciting or accepting bribes, accepting gifts where prohibited, tampering with evidence, among other counts tied to suspected corruption.
Wednesday’s hearing was brief, as both men stood together for the first time in public since their arrests. Third District Judge Royal Hansen, presided as both waived the reading of their charges.
Both men have proclaimed innocence throughout this entire process.
As reported by the Deseret News, Shurtleff said outside the courtroom, “There’s no plea. What would I plead to? No, there’s nothing to plead to. When I say these are frivolous, false charges, I absolutely mean it.”
Swallow has been more reserved with his statements saying on more than one occasion that he is looking forward to the process and proving his innocence in court.
The Aug. 18 court appearance is set in front of Judge Elizabeth Hruby-Mills, the same Judge who is assigned to the state’s prosecution of Mark Sessions Jensen, the man who accused both Swallow and Shurtleff of the crimes on which they are now facing charges.
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- Shurtleff claims ‘horrific police abuse,’ DPS says proper procedure followed
- House committee releases Swallow report; names of Sens. Lee, Reid appear in county attorneys’ investigation
- House probe into former Attorney General John Swallow releases findings
- Swallow resigns, says Utah House drove him from office
- Attorney general’s office, House committee make deal on records; new subpoenas issued
- Swallow denies deleting documents, fires back at committee
- Utah State Bar drops ethical misconduct complaint against Swallow
- Department of Justice declines to prosecute Swallow
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