Ex-Attorney General Mark Shurtleff accepts $600K settlement deal from state

In this 2012 file photo, former Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff addresses questions concerning an immigration ruling by the Supreme Court, Salt Lake City, Utah, June 28, 2012 | Photo courtesy of the Utah Attorney General's Office, St. George News

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Former Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff has accepted a $600,000 settlement from the state to pay for legal fees accrued during an abandoned criminal case against him.

The Deseret News reported Wednesday that Shurtleff faced multiple charges – including bribery – before a jury found him not guilty.

Officials say members of the Legislative Management Committee are expected to consider the settlement at their Oct. 16 meeting.

Shurtleff says the settlement does not end a multimillion-dollar civil rights lawsuit against law enforcement he claims falsely charged and prosecuted him for public corruption in 2014.

The Legislature says they approved a $1.5 million settlement to his successor John Swallow who was acquitted of bribery in a related case.

Current Republican Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes had no comment on the settlement.


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