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Parole board moves up hearing for Shurtleff, Swallow accuser

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Posted at 1:26 PM, Aug 13, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-13 15:26:35-04

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Board of Pardons and Parole has agreed to move up a release hearing for a man who has accused former attorneys general Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow of a “shakedown.”

The parole board confirmed to FOX 13 it has scheduled a hearing for February 2016 instead of August for Marc Sessions Jenson, who is serving time for a sale of unregistered securities conviction. It comes after a request by his attorneys to have him released immediately following his acquittal on other fraud charges.

Jenson is a central figure in the corruption cases against Swallow and Shurtleff. He accused the former Utah Attorneys General of shaking him down. Jenson has said he paid for trips to a posh California resort for the two, all while he faced investigation by the Utah Attorney General’s Office.

Earlier this year, Jenson was acquitted on other fraud charges. At his trial, his lawyers tried to subpoena Shurtleff and Swallow but a judge would not allow their testimony.