Attorneys General Shurtleff and Swallow were not at their own hearing

Posted at 8:01 AM, Oct 20, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-20 14:27:33-04

SALT LAKE CITY -- Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow were not present at their own hearing Monday.

Shurtleff's attorney said his client is out of town.  The hearing only lasted five minutes, and the two attorneys general were technically not required to be present.

The judge set the schedule for motions in the case to be presented on November 7.

Each attorney general faces a laundry list of charges, including bribery, evidence tampering, and public corruption, which partially involves trading influence for money.

Shurtleff filed a motion a week ago to drop all charges, saying there's not enough evidence to convict him.  His attorney said the case has "no substance."

He has also asked for his case to be treated separately from Swallow's.

Both claim allegations are a political ploy by Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill.

If convicted, the two men could face up to 30 years in prison.