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Law firm selected to serve on special counsel in investigation into AG Swallow

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Posted at 9:44 PM, Jul 23, 2013
and last updated 2013-07-23 23:44:32-04

SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah Elections Office selected the Phoenix, Ariz. law firm Snell and Wilmer to serve as a special counsel in the investigation of Utah Attorney General John Swallow, officials said Tuesday.

If the firm decides serve on the counsel it will determine whether or not the Lieutenant Governor’s office should move forward with an investigation into Swallow.

Swallow is accused of brokering a bribe, campaign funding improprieties and shaking down a man convicted of fraud. Multiple agencies are investigating the allegations.

The Lieutenant Governor’s office is working on getting a contract in place with the law firm in the next week or so, said Mark Thomas, chief deputy of elections for the lieutenant governor’s office.

“We will sit down in an initial meeting, we will share with them everything that we’ve found up to this point,” Thomas said.

The firm will take about four months to give the Lieutenant Governor’s office an answer. The process will cost up to $200,000.