SALT LAKE CITY – Two former Utah attorneys general were arrested and charged with several felonies Tuesday morning. They were later released without posting bail.
Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow face 23 counts and are accused of accepting bribes and other gifts stemming from an investigation by Salt Lake County attorney Sim Gill.
Gill was joined by Davis County attorney Troy Rawlings in an investigation into allegations of illegal and unethical activity during John Swallow’s short term as Utah attorney general.
Swallow succeeded Shurtleff as AG, and took office in January 2013. He resigned his post in December of the same year. Sean Reyes was appointed to the office by Governor Gary Herbert a short time later.
Gill and Rawlings’ investigation was turned over to federal prosecutors, who declined to indict either Swallow or Shurtleff.
In June, federal agents raided Shurtleff’s home.
On Tuesday, both former attorneys general maintained their innocence. During a press conference, Shurtleff accused Sim Gill of political smear tactics in an election year. Gill faces reelection in Salt Lake County this November.
The Clipper was not able to contact Rawlings by press time for comment.
In a statement, current Utah Attorney general Sean Reyes said, “This is a difficult day in the long and distinguished history of the office of the Utah Attorney General. Sadly, two men who served as leaders of our office have been charged with crimes alleged to have taken place during their administrations. I do not prejudge them and fully recognize that every defendant is entitled to the presumption of innocence. Neither do I defend or condone any of the alleged conduct. I have faith in our judicial system and confidence that, ultimately, justice will be served. I encourage the public to have patience and confidence in the process as well.”