- Associated Press - Friday, April 21, 2017

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah state attorneys are urging a judge to toss a lawsuit from former attorney general Mark Shurtleff seeking $1.1 million in legal fees that he spent to defend himself against bribery allegations that were ultimately dismissed.

The Utah Attorney General’s Office said in a court filing Friday that Shurtleff isn’t eligible for reimbursement because he wasn’t an employee when charges were dismissed last year.

Shurtleff contends he’s covered under a state law designed to protect state employees who are acquitted after being charged with a crime while carrying out their duties.

That law is usually used by people acquitted by a jury. Shurtleff’s case was dismissed by a county prosecutor assigned to take the case.

Shurtleff alleges he’s still eligible because Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes ordered the county attorney dismiss the charges. Reyes denies that.

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