Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations
🐘 RNC updates via NPR: JD Vance formally accepts the VP nomination
All of the stories surrounding the allegations surrounding Utah Attorney General John Swallow.

Former AG Swallow Pleads Not Guilty

Pool: Salt Lake Tribune
Former Utah Attorney General John Swallow stands with his attorney Stephen Mccaughey during his arraignment on July 27, 2015

Former Utah Attorney General John Swallow pleaded not guilty to public corruption charges Monday setting the stage for a jury trial next year.

“I’ve been told not to make any comments,” said Swallow.

They were his only words to the swarm of reporters and photographers after entering a not guilty plea before Judge Elizabeth Hruby-Mills in third district court.

Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill has charged Swallow with 11 felonies and two misdemeanors for his alleged involvement in receiving bribes and inappropriate gifts while serving in the attorney general’s office. Gill says his team is confident with the charges they’ve filed as they move towards trial.

“We feel very comfortable moving forward with it," Gill says. "Nothing is written in stone because these are dynamic matters. Circumstances sometimes change. But, we are very comfortable. Our team is preparing and just like Mr. Swallow we look forward to our day in court.”

Swallow’s trial is scheduled to begin April 5 and is expected to last several weeks. 

KUER is listener-supported public radio. Support this work by making a donation today.