- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 18, 2017

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Weeks before his corruption trial is set to begin, former Utah Attorney General John Swallow says the judge overseeing the case is biased against him and she should remove herself form the case.

Swallow’s attorney filed documents in court Tuesday saying Third District Court Judge Elizabeth Hruby-Mills has repeatedly declined to hold hearings on requests he’s made, did not probe prosecutors obtaining thousands of private communications between Swallow and his attorney and ordered the arrest of a witness last week.

Utah court spokesman Geoff Fattah said judges cannot comment on matters before their court. Hruby-Mills has not yet ruled on the request.

Prosecutors say Swallow accepted money and gifts from businessmen in trouble with regulators.

He has pleaded not guilty to 13 charges of bribery, evidence tampering and other crimes. The trial is scheduled to start Feb. 7.


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