- Associated Press - Saturday, June 25, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Former Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff is asking the pay-to-play case against him be dropped because of delays caused by state prosecutors.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/28TYXis) that attorneys for Shurtleff filed a motion late Friday arguing that the charges should be dropped with prejudice.

In the roughly 80-page filing, Attorney Richard Van Wagoner says Shurtleff’s constitutional right to a speedy trial has been violated.

State prosecutors have been fighting with their federal counterparts to get evidence from a 2013 investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s Office and Department of Justice.

Shurtleff has pleaded not guilty to allegations he accepted lavish gifts from businessmen in trouble with regulators.

Davis County Attorney Troy Rawlings, who is prosecuting the case, responded by asking the court for an evidentiary hearing to vet Shurtleff’s claims.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, https://www.sltrib.com

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