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Who is likely to criminally charge two former Utah Attorneys General?

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Utah) – ABC 4 Utah is now learning who is likely to bring criminal charges against two former Utah Attorneys General embattled by scandal. John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff have been accused of corruption and extortion, but so far they haven't been charged with a crime. If that happens, ABC 4 Utah's Brian Carlson explains where those charges will be coming from.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Utah) – ABC 4 Utah is now learning who is likely to bring criminal charges against two former Utah Attorneys General embattled by scandal. John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff have been accused of corruption and extortion, but so far they haven't been charged with a crime. If that happens, ABC 4 Utah's Brian Carlson explains where those charges will be coming from.

"I've said all along I'm innocent of these baseless allegations," said John Swallow, Former Utah Attorney General.

There's been a lot of talk over the last 12 months about allegations of corruption and extortion by former Utah Attorneys General John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff.

But will either man actually be charged with a crime?

That decision rests with Davis County Attorney Troy Rawlings and Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill.

"This is something that is clearly in our jurisdiction and we're not planning on handing it off to anybody," said Sim Gill, Salt Lake County District Attorney.

Right now Gill and Rawlings are conducting a joint investigation into the allegations first made public from Utah inmate Marc Jenson. In 2005, Jenson faced charges for defrauding investors. He claims Shurtleff and Swallow pressured him for luxuries and money in exchange to avoid legal trouble. Several reports have already backed up those claims, but Gill isn't ready to declare if Swallow and Shurtleff are guilty.

"If the evidence shows there was a criminal wrong doing we will file those charges," said Gill.

Utah Governor Gary Herbert and others are waiting for Gill and Rawlings to complete their findings.

"There are questions that need to be answered and I expect those will be in appropriate ways," said Gov. Gary Herbert, (R) Utah.

Gill said he's working as fast as he can, but said there’s a lot he has left to review.

"We're starting to get our arms around it, it has been very positive and we can see an end in sight. When that time is, our goal is to get it done as quickly as possible," Gill said.

Right now everyone is waiting. Federal prosecutors have already declined to charge either man, but one legal expert claims based on what happens with charges from Gill, U.S. Attorneys may reopen the possible of federal charges.

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Follow Brian Carlson on Twitter: @briancarlsontv

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