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New trial date set for ex-A.G. John Swallow

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SALT LAKE CITY — A 3rd District Court judge has scheduled a 16-day jury trial for former Utah Attorney General John Swallow.

The move comes a week after Judge Elizabeth Hruby-Mills declined to dismiss the case over claims that prosecutors accessed privileged emails between Swallow and a lawyer.

Swallow is charged with 11 felonies and two misdemeanors, including racketeering, bribery, evidence tampering, misuse of public money and falsifying government records. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges. The charges were filed two years ago.

With the decision to not dismiss the case, Hruby-Mills on Friday scheduled a two-week trial to begin on Feb. 7, 2017, and run through March 3, 2017. Trial would be held Tuesday through Thursday each week. Pretrial motion hearings were scheduled for Sept. 13 and Dec. 9.

This is the second time a trial has been scheduled for Swallow. But a trial could be delayed again if defense attorney Scott Williams appeals the judge's decision not to dismiss the case.

In July, Hruby-Mills signed the state's motion to dismiss corruption charges filed against Swallow's predecessor, former Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff.

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