Prosecutor drops racketeering charge against Mark Shurtleff

Posted at 10:40 AM, Nov 19, 2014
and last updated 2014-11-19 13:33:12-05

SALT LAKE CITY – Davis County Attorney Troy Rawlings has dropped a racketeering charge against former Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff.

In a filing in 3rd District Court on Wednesday, Rawlings said he is dismissing it without prejudice — meaning it can be refiled. However, he said, “in reviewing the pleadings of defense counsel and controlling case law, has determined at this time that the interests of justice weigh in favor of moving this honorable court to dismiss count 1 without prejudice.”

Read the court filing here:

In the court filing, Rawlings did not rule out filing more charges against Shurtleff as the case develops.

Shurtleff and former Utah Attorney General John Swallow are facing a long list of corruption-related charges. They are accused of soliciting contributions and offering help to those facing investigation by the office.

After initially opposing it, Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill recently agreed to try Shurtleff and Swallow separately.