Still no testimony from key witness in corruption trial

Published on February 16, 2017 at 03:59PM

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Lawyers for a Utah businessman jailed after refusing to testify at a former attorney general’s corruption trial are asking a judge to re-consider holding him in contempt. Attorney Mary Corporon said Thursday that taking the stand could leave Jeremy Johnson vulnerable new charges from federal prosecutors who seem “hot” to file any case against him. She says Johnson’s immunity agreement in the current case against ex-Utah Attorney General John Swallow might not protect him. Judge Elizabeth Hruby-Mills asked the prosecutors on the Swallow case to try and ease those concerns while she considers Johnson’s status. Johnson played a key role in touching off the high-profile influence-peddling scandal that brought charges against Swallow. The onetime internet millionaire is now serving federal prison time after being convicted of lying to banks in his business.