- Associated Press - Friday, February 24, 2017

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The Latest on a judge considering whether to toss charges against former Utah Attorney General John Swallow (all times local):

3:00 p.m.

A judge is declining to toss more charges against former Utah Attorney General John Swallow, who is on trial in an influence-peddling case.


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Judge Elizabeth Hruby-Mills said in a written ruling Friday that prosecutors have sufficient evidence to allow six charges to stick. They include witness tampering, misuse of public money and bribery.

Hruby-Mills also declined earlier Friday to dismiss racketeering and obstruction of justice charges. She is expected to rule on the final two charges later Friday.



Swallow’s attorneys requested that all the charges be dismissed for a lack of evidence after prosecutors on Thursday dropped three counts of money laundering, bribery and evidence tampering against Swallow after a key witness refused to testify.

Prosecutors rested their case Thursday. Swallow’s defense attorneys are scheduled to begin bringing their witnesses to the stand on Tuesday.

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1:21 p.m.

A judge has declined to toss racketeering and obstruction of justice charges against former Utah Attorney General John Swallow, who is on trial in an influence-peddling case.

Judge Elizabeth Hruby-Mills said in written rulings Friday that prosecutors have sufficient evidence to allow those charges to stick. She’s expected to rule on eight other charges later Friday that include evidence tampering and bribery.

Swallow’s attorneys requested that all the charges be dismissed for a lack of evidence after prosecutors on Thursday dropped three counts of money laundering, bribery and evidence tampering against Swallow after a key witness refused to testify.

Prosecutors rested their case Thursday. Swallow’s defense attorneys are scheduled to begin bringing their witnesses to the stand on Tuesday.

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