Former Utah AG John Swallow files motion to dismiss corruption case

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Former Utah attorney general John Swallow sits in Judge Royal Hansen's courtroom in Salt Lake City Wednesday, July 30, 2014, before his first appearance in court. He and former Utah attorney general Mark Shurtleff are charged with receiving or soliciting bribes, accepting gifts, tampering with evidence, obstructing justice and participating in a pattern of unlawful conduct. (Al Hartmann | The Salt Lake Tribune, courtroom pool photo)

SALT LAKE CITY — Former Utah Attorney General John Swallow wants a judge to dismiss the corruption case against him, accusing prosecutors of snooping through his emails.

In a motion filed in court Monday, Swallow’s lawyer accused the Salt Lake County district attorney’s office of going through emails with is former defense attorney, without taking steps to make sure it didn’t violate attorney-client privilege.

Swallow’s new defense attorney is asking the judge to dismiss the entire case as a result.

Swallow is facing corruption related charges, accused of accepting gifts and donations from people facing investigation by the attorney general’s office.

He’s due in court Tuesday.

 

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