- Associated Press - Monday, March 23, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A former Utah attorney general charged in a bribery case appeared in court Monday accompanied by his teenage daughter and later told reporters he was glad the evidence would be aired and he was anxious to move forward with the case.

“It’s time to get this evidence before a judge and we’re very excited it’s going to happen in June,” Mark Shurtleff said outside court. “We look forward to telling the rest of the story that you all haven’t heard yet.”

Shurtleff was present in court when a judge scheduled a five-day hearing beginning June 15, when prosecutors will present evidence.

Shurtleff, who served as the state’s top law enforcement officer for a dozen years, faces nine felony charges that include bribery, witness and evidence tampering, and obstruction of justice.

Shurtleff, a 57-year-old Republican, was arrested in July along with his successor and former chief deputy John Swallow.

Attorney Richard Van Wagoner, who represents Shurtleff, said he’s expecting amended charges to filed against his client, but he didn’t know when. Van Wagoner said a plea deal had not been offered to his client but even if it had, it’s not something Shurtleff is willing to consider.

Davis County Attorney Troy Rawlings declined to comment.

Prosecutors said Shurtleff and Swallow accepted money and gifts such as beach vacations and the use of luxury homes and boats while in office.

Both men have denied wrongdoing.

Shurtleff left office in early 2013. Swallow spent 11 months on the job dogged by allegations of wrongdoing. He resigned in late 2013.

Swallow faces 13 charges, including bribery, misusing public money and evidence tampering. A judge has set a five-day hearing this June to consider whether there is enough evidence for a trial.


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