Former Utah AG resigns from new job at Troutman Sanders, cites 'just too hard' commute and schedule

The former attorney general of Utah has resigned his new job as a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Troutman Sanders, calling the commute to work and his national speaking schedule “just too hard,” the Salt Lake Tribune reports.

“I just decided I couldn’t do it anymore,” Mark Shurtleff told KSL during a brief interview Saturday. He had served for 12 years as Utah’s AG before joining Troutman Sanders after completing his final term in January.

Shurtleff’s decision to step down follows another Salt Lake Tribune article last month which reported, along with other recent news stories, that federal and state investigations are ongoing concerning claimed misconduct in the Utah AG’s office under Shurtleff and his successor.

Both say they did nothing wrong, the Tribune reports, and Shurtleff told KSL his decision to resign from the law firm had nothing to do with the allegations.

Hat tip: KUTV.

See also:

Deseret News: “Pressure grows on AG Swallow as allegations fly”

Deseret News: ” Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: More drama in the Swallow saga: How will it all end?”

Salt Lake Tribune: “Another chapter in Shurtleff’s book peddling: The deal that fell through”

Salt Lake Tribune: ” Shurtleff tried to stifle news coverage”

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