FBI agent accused of perjury in John Swallow trial

State expected to rest Thursday


SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Utah) -  An FBI agent may have perjured himself while testifying in the John Swallow trial.
Defense attorney Scott Williams claimed Agent Jon Isakson did so during his testimony in the trial of the former attorney general.


Swallow is facing multiple charges related to bribery and accepting gifts while in office.

Isakson is the prosecution's final witness before it rests its case against Swallow.  The FBI agent said he began investigating allegations against Mark Shurtleff in 2012.  It then evolved into Swallow being investigated and Shurtleff's so-called enforcer Timothy Lawson.
As he began his testimony Isakson told the jury why the Department of Justice attorneys declined to file charges.

"At that point in time we were concerned that the statute of limitatons were going to run out on some of the charges related to Tim Lawson," Isakson testified. "And we were concerned if we continued working with the Department of Justice we may not be able to charge Tim Lawson with some of the illegal activities."
That stopped his testimony as the defense objected.  The jury was ushered out of the courtroom.

 The defense claimed Isakson perjured himself when he declined to provide that information during pre-trial motions.

After nearly two hours of arguments, the judge declined to issue a ruling on his statement and called the jury back in.
Isakson was allowed to continue his testimony but the prosecution ended it after showing three or four audio clips of Swallow's deposition with the state.  Isakson was not asked to go into further detail about the investigation.

The defense began a cross examination of the Isakson and made attempts to show the jury that the FBI was not thorough in its investigation of Swallow.  More questioning from the defense will continue Thursday and the state is expected to rest.
Earlier, two witnesses for the prosecution  appeared to help with Swallow's defense.

Tim bell testified about a fundraiser for swallow in which the former attorney general is accused of campaign funding violations. 
Bell testified he sought help from swallow on a bank foreclosure with bank of america.  The lawsuit was settled in bell's favor.

Earlier, two witnesses for the prosecution  appeared to help with Swallow's defense.
Tim Bell testified about a fundraiser for Swallow in which the former attorney general is accused of campaign funding violations. 
Bell testified he sought help from Swallow on a bank foreclosure with Bank of America.  The lawsuit was settled in Bell's favor.

Tara Tangaro, Defense Attorney: "The state's thereory is that  you and wife attempted to bribe Swallow? "
Tim Bell: "That's the feeling I'm getting."
Tangaro:  "Any truth to that?"
 Bell: "None what so ever."


The Bell's invested money into Marc Jenson's failed Mt. Holly resort project.
Jenson's a key witness for the state.  The Bell's lost half a million dollars in the deal and Bell's wife Jennifer didn't hold back.

"By what we went through  Marc Jenson is a socio-path, he has no consciene," Jennifer Bell said. "He lied to us. He has no conscience."

Testimony will continue Thursday with more questions for Isakson.  The state is expected to rest shortly after that.
 


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