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Feds may be producing info in Shurtleff, Swallow corruption cases

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Posted at 5:50 PM, Nov 25, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-25 19:56:54-05

SALT LAKE CITY — The U.S. Justice Department may be producing some of the evidence Davis County Attorney Troy Rawlings claims has been withheld from him in the criminal case against former Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff.

In a motion filed late Wednesday, Rawlings asked for a December hearing on the evidence dispute to be canceled. He said all sides are working toward an agreement.

“The FBI – Utah and Mr. Timothy Jafek (DOJ) are in the process of producing documents responsive to some of the requests from the State of Utah which requests included specific requests from Mr. Shurtleff,” Rawlings wrote.

From the motion:

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Rawlings has accused the feds of withholding evidence related to the investigation of Shurtleff and his co-defendant, former Utah Attorney General John Swallow. It was a complaint that was echoed by Shurtleff and Swallow’s defense teams, who said they wanted to see the evidence as well.

Recently, the Davis County Attorney has suggested that Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid might be ensnared in the ongoing investigation (something Reid’s office denies).

Shurtleff and Swallow are facing corruption-related charges, accused of accepting improper gifts and donations from people who were facing investigation by the Utah Attorney General’s Office.