- Associated Press - Thursday, December 22, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A judge has ruled against former Utah Attorney General John Swallow’s latest push to drop some of the 13 charges he faces, including racketeering and receiving or soliciting bribes.

Swallow’s attorney Scott Williams had argued that a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling in a corruption case made Utah’s bribery law unconstitutional and that some charges Swallow faces should be dismissed.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/2i5Ekkf) Third District Judge Elizabeth Hruby-Mills on Wednesday said the court’s decision doesn’t mean Swallow’s alleged actions were protected and Utah’s law applied to the allegations he faces.

Swallow and his predecessor Mark Shurtleff both faced pay-to-play charges after prosecutors said they accepted money and gifts from businessmen in trouble with regulators, but the case against Shurtleff was dismissed in July.

Swallow has pleaded not guilty. A trial is scheduled for February.

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

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