The Utah State Bar has recommended that the Utah Supreme Court place former Salt Lake County Attorney Ted Cannon on two years' probation for his convictions of official misconduct and criminal defamation.

Bar counsel Christine Burdick said the decision Friday by the Board of Bar Commissioners is simply a recommendation that can be approved or rejected by the justices."The probation is based on allegations of ethical violations for engaging in illegal conduct involving moral turpitude," Burdick said.

She said the specific allegations against Cannon arose from his conviction of a Class B misdemeanor stemming from statements he made about a television reporter.

Cannon also pleaded guilty to misdemeanor counts of attempted misuse of public funds and assault. The assault charges were reduced from felony forcible sexual abuse charges.

Cannon served 25 days in jail.

He recently was returned to court after the Adult Parole and Probation Department alleged he violated his probation by failing to pay about $3,000 in fines and surcharges imposed by the court.

Third District Judge Leonard Russon extended Cannon's probation for two more years to give him time to pay the fines and surcharges.