In the culmination of the most sweeping political scandal in Utah history, former Attorneys General John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff were arrested early Tuesday and charged with a combined 23 counts that could land each in prison for 30 years. The two men were taken into custody at their homes without incident Tuesday morning and booked into the Salt Lake County Jail. Bail was set at $250,000 each.
Former Utah attorneys general Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow were accused Tuesday of numerous bribery and obstruction of justice charges, most of them felonies. The charging documents from the Salt Lake City district attorney allege a decadent lifestyle of private jets, all-expense-paid vacations and veiled threats of violence for those who caused trouble.
Authorities arrested two former Utah attorneys general who were targets of a bribery probe that stemmed from their cozy relationships with several businessmen during their time in office. Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill said John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff were taken into custody Tuesday.
Federal and state agents on Monday searched the homes of former Utah Attorneys General John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff, according to The Salt Lake Tribune. A pair of county district attorneys have been investigating the two men for months, with help from other agencies, as part of what the Tribune calls a "sweeping probe" looking at the attorney general's office.
It made for a couple of surreal scenes: cops searching the homes of Utah’s two former top law-enforcement officers. Federal and state agents served warrants Monday on the Sandy houses of former Attorney General John Swallow and his predecessor, Mark Shurtleff.