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Former Utah Attorneys General respond to bribery charges

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Utah) – Former Utah Attorneys General John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff are now facing multiple criminal charges, including felony indictments of bribery and soliciting bribes. Tuesday they're responding to the allegations.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Utah) – Former Utah Attorneys General John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff are now facing multiple criminal charges, including felony indictments of bribery and soliciting bribes. Tuesday they're responding to the allegations.

"I absolutely maintain my innocence, I refute the charges," said John Swallow, Former Utah Attorney General.

"The charges of wrongdoing are completely false," said Mark Shurtleff, Former Utah Attorney General.

Former Utah Attorneys General John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff both claim they're innocent of criminal charges.

"I have never misused or abused the public trust, and I certainly have not violated any of the criminal laws of the State of Utah," said Shurtleff.

Tuesday both men were arrested, charged, booked into jail, and quickly released. Shortly afterwards Shurtleff held a press conference firing back at the Salt Lake County District Attorney. He claims charging him with felony counts of bribery and other wrongdoings is just a political sideshow.

"...to wait until two months before the election to announce charges is further evidence of Mr. Gill's political motives and the FBI in this case," Shurtleff said.

Although Swallow held no conference of his own, he immediately told reporters outside the jail he plans to fight the charges.

"I look forward to my day in court to confront my accusers and to share my side of the story, for the really the first time," said Swallow.

"These men are not only proclaiming they're innocent, but insisting on it, the only way that you can do that is to have a jury tell you that you're not guilty," said Greg Skordas, Attorney.

Legal analyst Greg Skordas said he believes both men will take their case to trial.

"This finally gives us an opportunity to respond back," said Swallow.

"I have complete confidence justice will be served," said Shurtleff.

There was a lot Swallow and Shurtleff said they wouldn't respond to on Tuesday, but they left it open, that we may hear from them in the future. Right now it's unclear when that might be. But we may have to wait to hear their side of the stories when it plays out in court.

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