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Former Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff pleaded not guilty on Monday to charges of public corruption, his lawyer said, in a scandal that embroiled him and his successor in a wide-ranging criminal investigation.
Shurtleff could face up to 30 years in prison if he is convicted on charges including accepting prohibited gifts, obstruction of justice, official misconduct and bribery, in five felony and two misdemeanor counts.
A Republican who served three terms as attorney general until 2013, Shurtleff was arrested in July 2014 along with the man who succeeded him in the job, John Swallow.
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