- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 15, 2017

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - An imprisoned Utah businessman expected to be a key witness at a corruption trial for a former state attorney general is being held in contempt of court after he refused to testify.

Judge Elizabeth Hruby-Mills ordered Jeremy Johnson jailed Wednesday after he briefly took the witness stand and invoked his Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination in spite of her orders to answer the questions.

Johnson has previously accused former Attorney General John Swallow of orchestrating a plan to try and bribe U.S. Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada to quash an investigation into Johnson’s online business. Reid has denied any connection to the affair.

Johnson’s lawyer says she’s concerned his testimony could bring federal charges, despite an immunity agreement with state prosecutors.

Johnson is set to return to court Thursday.



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