Key points in case of ex-Utah attorneys general

AP News
Posted: Jul 15, 2014 6:59 PM

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A timeline of events leading up to the arrest and bribery charges of two former Utah attorneys general, John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff, who have denied any wrongdoing:

— November 2000: Shurtleff, a Republican, is elected as Utah attorney general.

— December 2009: Swallow, also a Republican, joins the Utah attorney general's office as a chief deputy overseeing civil cases.

— Nov. 6, 2012: Swallow is elected attorney general.

—Jan. 7, 2013: Swallow is sworn in as attorney general; Shurtleff heads to a new job with a Washington, D.C., law firm.

— Jan. 12, 2013: The first bombshell allegations against Swallow are made when a Utah businessman accuses the new attorney general of arranging a bribery deal to throw off a federal fraud investigation into the businessman's company. Federal prosecutors announce days later they are investigating the allegations.

— May 16, 2013: Two Utah county prosecutors announce they are investigating possible criminal wrongdoing by Shurtleff and Swallow.

— June 3, 2013: Shurtleff resigns his job with the Washington, D.C., law firm.

— July 3, 2013: The Republican-controlled Utah House of Representatives stops short of launching impeachment proceedings and instead begins probing the allegations surrounding Swallow.

— Sept. 12, 2013: The public integrity section of the U.S. Department of Justice closes a bribery investigation of Swallow and Shurtleff without seeking any charges.

— Nov. 21, 2013: Swallow announces his resignation. He denies wrongdoing but says the toll of the investigations was too much for his family.

— Nov. 22, 2013: The Utah elections office concludes its investigation of Swallow and announces he likely broke campaign disclosure laws. Utah Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox, a Republican who oversees elections, declines to pursue the matter in court because Swallow has already announced his resignation.

— Dec. 19 and 20, 2013: Special investigators working for the Utah House of Representatives present their findings, including allegations that Swallow intentionally deleted and fabricated records and benefited from his relationships with various businessmen.

— March 12, 2014: The House of Representatives releases its final report on Swallow and concludes he "hung a veritable 'for sale' sign" on the door of the attorney general's office.

— June 2, 2014: State investigators and FBI agents search the Shurtleff and Swallow's homes in a Salt Lake City-area suburb. They leave with boxes of documents, personal belongings and in Swallow's case, $10,000 in cash.

—July 15, 2014: Shurtleff and Swallow are arrested and charged with bribery, misusing public funds and other counts in state court.