Two Former Utah Attorneys General Arrested on Charges of Bribery and Obstruction of Justice

In this Nov. 21, 2013, file photo, Utah Attorney General John Swallow looks down during a news conference announcing that he is stepping down amid multiple investigations of bribery and misconduct, at the Utah State Capitol, in Salt Lake City. (Rick Bowmer/AP)
In this Nov. 21, 2013, file photo, Utah Attorney General John Swallow looks down during a news conference announcing that he is stepping down amid multiple investigations of bribery and misconduct, at the Utah State Capitol, in Salt Lake City. (Rick Bowmer/AP)

Two former Utah attorneys general were arrested by federal agents yesterday and charged with corruption-related felonies that, if they are found guilty, could lead to prison sentences of up to 30 years.

Mark Shurtleff, who served as the state’s attorney general from January 2001 to January 2013, was charged with 10 felonies, including witness tampering, bribery, and obstruction of justice.

John Swallow, who served in the same position from January to December 2013 before resigning amid allegations of improprieties, was charged with 12 related offenses.

Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill, who led the two-year investigation, said that more charges would follow, and that the investigation was ongoing.

“Multiple leads continue to be investigated, [and] the investigation remains active,” Mr. Gill said to The Salt Lake Tribune. “We have filed what we think are appropriate and minimal charges. We could have filed more, but we chose at this time to just file what we did.”

The allegations have rocked Utah’s political establishment, with multiple high-ranking officials calling it a scar on the state’s public image. Gov. Gary Herbert (R) called it a “black eye … regardless of how the legal process plays out.”

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SOURCE: Gram Slattery 
Christian Science Monitor

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