A former Utah lawyer common was discovered not responsible on Thursday of bribery and corruption fees after he was accused in a pay-to-play graft scandal, media stated.
Republican John Swallow was acquitted of eight felony fees and a misdemeanor, starting from receiving or soliciting a bribe to obstructing justice in a Salt Lake Metropolis courtroom, ending a 15-day trial, the Salt Lake Tribune reported.
Swallow cried and held up his palms when Choose Elizabeth Hruby-Mills learn the verdicts within the packed courtroom earlier than dismissing the jury of 5 males and three ladies, the Deseret Information in Salt Lake Metropolis stated.
“I am speechless,” Swallow stated after leaving the courtroom. “We’re simply so grateful and the system did work. I am grateful for my attorneys. I am grateful for my household and I am grateful for our religion.”
Swallow resigned in November 2013, lower than a 12 months into his first time period following the tenure of Mark Shurtleff, who was Utah’s lawyer common for 12 years. Swallow was his handpicked chief deputy, whom Shurtleff then backed as his successor within the 2012 election.
Each have been accused after a two-year investigation of taking bribes to look the opposite means or provide safety when donors to their political campaigns bumped into authorized hassle throughout their phrases.
The case towards Shurtleff was dismissed in July.
Salt Lake County District County Legal professional Sim Gill stated the case was complicated and tough.
“In some circumstances, jurors are requested to make easy assessments akin to black versus white,” he stated in an announcement to the Deseret Information.
“In different circumstances, nevertheless, jurors are requested to contemplate issues involving varied shades of grey, the place the proper reply could also be tough to search out however the place prosecutors should nonetheless discover their possible trigger and observe the information to wherever they lead. This case fell squarely into the latter class,” he stated.
(Reporting by Brendan O’Brien in Milwaukee)