SALT LAKE CITY — A 3rd District judge canceled a Friday hearing in the criminal case against former Utah Attorneys General John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff.
And now that the two will be tried separately, Judge Elizabeth Hruby-Mills has scheduled new court dates for each.
The next hearing in the Swallow case is set for Jan. 13 before Judge Andrew Stone. Shurtleff's next hearing is Feb. 12 before Judge Russell Skanchy.
The judges will likely set preliminary hearing dates at that time. At a preliminary hearing, prosecutors present evidence of the alleged crimes and a judge decides whether there's enough probable cause to believe the crimes occurred and were likely committed by the defendant. If so, the case is sent to trial.
Friday's hearing was to address several pending motions, but defense attorneys and prosecutors told the judge the issues could be resolved without a hearing.
Swallow faces 12 felonies and two misdemeanors, including racketeering, bribery, accepting gifts and falsifying government records. Shurtleff is charged with nine felonies, including bribery, illegally accepting gifts, improper use of employee position and obstructing justice. Both men say they are innocent.
— Dennis Romboy