Former AG Swallow Pleads Not Guilty
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.