FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 6, 2019
STATEMENT ON SETTLEMENT BETWEEN STATE OF UTAH AND JOHN SWALLOW
SALT LAKE CITY – Today the Utah Attorney General’s Office issued the following statement:
“After a jury acquitted Mr. Swallow, he brought a claim for his attorney fees, which the State is obligated to pay under Utah law. While the amount he claims in attorneys fees is much higher, the parties have agreed to settle for payment of $1.5 million by the State in exchange for dismissal with prejudice of all claims.
“Though many may be reluctant to pay anything in this matter, the law is clear and neither the executive branch nor the legislature have the ability to deviate from it. The legislature is upholding the rule of law by approving this settlement, which closes the book on a controversial chapter in Utah history.”
SALT LAKE CITY March 2, 2017 – Attorney General Sean Reyes released the following statement regarding the verdict in the trial of former Utah Attorney General John Swallow:
“I reaffirm my belief in the integrity of our legal system and the importance of constitutional safeguards such as due process and the right to a jury that protect us all as Americans. I have great respect for Judge Hruby-Mills and her careful and judicious management of this matter. I also greatly appreciate the service of the jury and respect its verdict.
“Regardless of the outcome of any given case, we in the Office of the Utah Attorney General support our criminal justice system and its role in protecting citizens and preserving liberties. We thank all those who serve the public in the criminal justice process from investigators, prosecutors, public defenders, victim advocates, jurors, and corrections personnel to judicial and courtroom staff.
“Regardless of how you feel about the outcome of this case, we should be appreciative of a legal system in America that is not perfect but is among the best in the world. Our belief in and deference to the Rule of Law is the bedrock of that system.”
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