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Former Attorney General Shurtleff pleads ‘not guilty’ on 7 counts

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Posted at 11:30 AM, Jun 29, 2015
and last updated 2015-06-29 13:40:07-04

SALT LAKE CITY – Former Attorney General Mark Shurtleff appeared in court for an arraignment on new obstruction of justice charges.

The hearing didn’t last long Monday and Shurtleff never uttered a word.

He let his attorney, Richard Van Wagoner, enter “not guilty” pleas to the seven counts against him.

Those include five felonies and two misdemeanors; among the more serious charges are obstruction of justice and official misconduct.

The next phase begins Aug. 10 at a pretrial conference.

Until then there will be a flurry of motions and discovery where the defense will request evidence and information from the prosecutor in this case, Davis County Attorney Troy Rawlings.

Two weeks ago prosecutors dropped two charges in the case.

However, if convicted on the remaining counts, Shurtleff could still face up to 30 years in prison.