Mark Shurtleff appeals lawsuit tossed by federal judge

Mark Shurtleff appeals lawsuit tossed by federal judge

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SALT LAKE CITY — Former Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff has filed an appeal after his civil rights lawsuit was tossed out by a federal judge in mid-December.

Shurtleff filed his appeal with the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals on Saturday, asking for another chance to show that federal, state and county law enforcement investigators and prosecutors lied to obtain search warrants that led to criminal charges against him.

In the original lawsuit, filed in 2018, Shurtleff claimed that Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill, FBI agents and state investigators falsely charged and maliciously prosecuted him for public corruption in 2014.

The charges were eventually dropped, but Shurtleff claims his daughter suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder “because of the way she was treated by those officers.”

U.S. District Court Judge Clark Waddoups gave Shurtleff and other plaintiffs a chance this summer to produce evidence, but his legal team failed to do so, which led to Waddoups dismissing the case.

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Wendy Leonard is a deputy news director at Prior to this, she was a reporter for the Deseret News since 2004, covering a variety of topics, including health and medicine, police and courts, government and other issues relating to family.


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