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Shurtleff asks judge to toss case against him

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Posted at 4:09 PM, Oct 15, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-15 18:09:31-04

SALT LAKE CITY — Former Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff is asking a judge to dismiss the criminal charges against him, accusing prosecutors of not providing enough detail about the corruption case.

In a filing on Wednesday, Shurtleff asked 3rd District Court Judge Elizabeth Hruby-Mills to dismiss the case, claiming prosecutors have provided “no coherent or at best an ambiguous theory” of his alleged wrongdoing.

“The Defendant is forced to prepare his defense without having sufficient notice of the charges against him. The result is the Defendant is deprived of the right and opportunity to a meaningful preliminary hearing, which portends poorly for any remaining case thereafter,” Shurtleff’s attorney, Richard Van Wagoner, wrote.

Read the filing here:

The filing mirrors previous attempts by Shurtleff to push prosecutors to provide more detail about the charges against him, as well as separate his case from former Utah Attorney General John Swallow.

Prosecutors have claimed they have given some detail, and are still in the process of handing over volumes of evidence collected in the numerous investigations of the former attorneys general.

Shurtleff and Swallow face a number of charges, accused of soliciting bribes from people facing investigation by the Utah Attorney General’s Office. Both men are due in court on Monday.