- Associated Press - Saturday, October 1, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah’s highest court will consider whether to hear former Attorney General John Swallow’s argument to toss public corruption charges.

The Utah Court of Appeals on Friday kicked Swallow’s petition seeking a dismissal of charges up to the Utah Supreme Court.

A judge ruled in August that prosecutors and who obtained thousands of private communications between Swallow and his attorney did not violate his constitutional rights.

State attorneys argued prosecutors did not read the emails and allowing an appeal would unnecessarily prolong the case.

However, they agree that the high court should conduct a review because there is little case law on the issue.

Swallow has pleaded not guilty to 13 charges of bribery, evidence tampering and other crimes.

His trial is set to go forward in February.

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