- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 1, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Former Utah Attorney General John Swallow has asked a judge to throw out bribery charges against him based on a U.S. Supreme Court ruling he argues made the state’s bribery law unconstitutional.

The Deseret News reports (https://bit.ly/2eOTRG8 ) Swallow’s attorney, Scott Williams, made the request in a court filing Monday. He says the high court’s June decision to toss out corruption convictions of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell should apply to Utah, where he argues bribery charges can be brought without sufficient evidence.

Swallow has pleaded not guilty to charges of bribery, evidence tampering and other crimes.

Swallow and his predecessor, Mark Shurtleff, were accused of accepting money and luxury gifts.

Davis County Attorney Troy Rawlings cited the Supreme Court ruling among his reasons for dropping the criminal case against Shurtleff.

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Information from: Deseret News, https://www.deseretnews.com


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