Ex-Utah attorney general asks judge to toss bribery charges

Former Utah Attorney General John Swallow, right, arrives to court with his defense attorney Scott C. Williams on July 13, 2016 in Salt Lake City. Swallow is pushing for pay-to-play charges against him to be thrown out over claims that prosecutors read protected emails between him and his attorney.

SALT LAKE CITY — Former Utah Attorney General John Swallow says he has reached a settlement with the state to receive $1.5 million in legal fees he amassed during a court battle that ended with a jury acquitting him of bribery.

Swallow said in a news release Friday announcing the settlement that the money is “largely symbolic” because he and his family can’t fully recover from the damage of the “utterly false” allegations made against him.

The Utah Attorney General’s Office confirmed the agreement in a brief statement, saying it puts and end to the case.

The settlement is expected to be formally approved at a legislative special session Sept. 16.

Swallow resigned in 2013 after less than one year in office amid bribery and corruption allegations. The next year, prosecutors filed charges accusing Swallow of taking campaign donations and gifts in exchange for favorable treatment.

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