Tuesday, July 15, 2014 2:59 pm
Key points in case of ex-Utah attorneys general
November 2000: Shurtleff, a Republican, is elected as Utah attorney general.
December 2009: Swallow, also a Republican, joins the Utah attorney general's office as a chief deputy overseeing civil cases.
Nov. 6, 2012: Swallow is elected attorney general.
Jan. 7, 2013: Swallow is sworn in as attorney general; Shurtleff heads to a new job with a Washington, D.C., law firm.
Jan. 12, 2013: The first bombshell allegations against Swallow are made when a Utah businessman accuses the new attorney general of arranging a bribery deal to throw off a federal fraud investigation into the businessman's company. Federal prosecutors announce days later they are investigating the allegations.
May 16, 2013: Two Utah county prosecutors announce they are investigating possible criminal wrongdoing by Shurtleff and Swallow.
June 3, 2013: Shurtleff resigns his job with the Washington, D.C., law firm.
July 3, 2013: The Republican-controlled Utah House of Representatives stops short of launching impeachment proceedings and instead begins probing the allegations surrounding Swallow.
Sept. 12, 2013: The public integrity section of the U.S. Department of Justice closes a bribery investigation of Swallow and Shurtleff without seeking any charges.
Nov. 21, 2013: Swallow announces his resignation. He denies wrongdoing but says the toll of the investigations was too much for his family.
Nov. 22, 2013: The Utah elections office concludes its investigation of Swallow and announces he likely broke campaign disclosure laws. Utah Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox, a Republican who oversees elections, declines to pursue the matter in court because Swallow has already announced his resignation.
Dec. 19 and 20, 2013: Special investigators working for the Utah House of Representatives present their findings, including allegations that Swallow intentionally deleted and fabricated records and benefited from his relationships with various businessmen.
March 12, 2014: The House of Representatives releases its final report on Swallow and concludes he "hung a veritable 'for sale' sign" on the door of the attorney general's office.
June 2, 2014: State investigators and FBI agents search the Shurtleff and Swallow's homes in a Salt Lake City-area suburb. They leave with boxes of documents, personal belongings and in Swallow's case, $10,000 in cash.
July 15, 2014: Shurtleff and Swallow are arrested and charged with bribery, misusing public funds and other counts in state court.