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Fallout From AG Arrests Unclear

Published on July 17, 2014 at 12:18PM

The arrests in Utah Tuesday of two former Republican attorneys general on a slew of bribery charges raises questions about what political waves the allegations leave in the state, particularly for incumbent officials and the GOP, the state’s controlling party. Utah Democratic Party chairman Peter Corroon says he hopes the allegations against John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff send a message that Utah needs a two-part system with checks and balances. James Evans, Utah Republican Party chairman, calls that “ludicrous.”

Political experts say it’s unclear what political fallout the case will have, but it’s unlikely to significantly tarnish the entire Republican party in the state. Prosecutors say Swallow and Shurtleff were arrested Tuesday on a combined 23 charges of bribery and other counts. Both men have denied the allegations.