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Ex-Attorney General Swallow set to get $1.5M in settlement

September 7, 2019

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Former Utah Attorney General John Swallow says he has reached a settlement with the state to receive $1.5 million in legal fees he amassed during a court battle that ended with a jury acquitting him of bribery.

Swallow said in a news release Friday announcing the settlement that the money is “largely symbolic” because he and his family can’t fully recover from the damage of the “utterly false” allegations made against him.

The Utah Attorney General’s Office confirmed the agreement in a brief statement, saying it puts and end to the case.

The settlement is expected to be formally approved at a legislative special session Sept. 16.

Swallow resigned in 2013 after less than one year in office amid bribery and corruption allegations. The next year, prosecutors filed charges accusing Swallow of taking campaign donations and gifts in exchange for favorable treatment.

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