SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Utah) - The Utah Attorney General is turning over a case involving one of his accusers to another prosecutor. Attorneys for a prison inmate have been asking the A.G.'s office to step aside, and now it's doing just that.
The office for Utah Attorney General John Swallow is bowing out of a legal battle with one of his accusers.
"I think that they took the high road, I really do. And decided it wasn't a battle they wanted to take on," said Greg Skordas, Attorney.
Attorney Greg Skordas tells ABC 4 Utah, given the allegations for a conflict of interest, he thinks Swallow's office is making a smart move. Right now Utah prison inmate Marc Jenson accuses Swallow and former Utah Attorney General Marc Shurtleff of extortion and soliciting bribes. Jenson is currently serving time on financial felonies. He claims Swallow told him if he gave money to them, they would make life easier for him.
"His whole pitch to me was 'I can help you with your current troubles with the AG's office, I can help, get your story, I can fix this for you," said Marc Jenson, inmate.
Before Monday, Swallow's office was prosecuting Jenson. But Jenson's attorneys requested Swallow recuse himself from the case. So, that's exactly what his office is doing. They're now passing it over to the Utah County Attorney's Office. Although Skordas believes it's the right thing to do, he said it does have it's draw backs.
"Now we're going to have a new prosecuting entity come in, someone who's never seen the case, probably knows very little about it, and may stop the case from moving as quickly as it is now," said Skordas.
Timing on this case just happens to co-incide with a committee that's investing Swallow for accusations of wrongdoing. A committee of lawmakers will meet Tuesday to how to move forward with the investigation.
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