White-Collar Crime

Two former Utah attorneys general charged in bribery case seek separate trials

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Named as defendants in a bribery case earlier this year, two men who both served as attorney general for the state of Utah have asked a judge to separate their prosecutions.

Former Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff, and the fellow Republican he helped select as his successor, John Swallow, say the accusations against them are different, and hence they should be tried individually, the Salt Lake Tribune reports. The motion is expected to be heard next month.

Additionally, attorney Richard Van Wagoner, who represents Shurtleff, has filed a motion to dismiss, arguing that the charges against his client are too vague to permit the three-term former AG to prepare a defense.

Swallow’s counsel filed a motion Friday seeking the return of $10,000 seized during a search last summer.

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