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2 ex-Utah attorneys general charged with bribery

July 15, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Two former Utah attorneys general are denying any wrongdoing after they were arrested on an array of bribery charges stemming from cozy relationships with several businessmen.

Both John Swallow and Mart Shurtleff were released from jail after being arrested at their homes Tuesday morning.

Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill accuses them of accepting payoffs involving gold coins, swanky resorts and other luxury gifts. Gill said the investigation is ongoing and additional charges will likely be filed against both men and others.

When Swallow walked out of jail Tuesday afternoon, he said he’d known for a few weeks that his arrest was likely to happen.

Shurtleff said the charges leveled against him are completely false and motivated by a politically charged investigation. Both Swallow and Shurtleff are Republicans, while Gill is a Democrat.

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