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Complex bribery case kicks off vs. ex-Utah attorneys general accused of accepting lavish gifts

Two former Utah attorneys general are appearing in court on bribery charges, kicking off what legal experts say is a complex case that could take years to resolve as lawyers navigate a scandal involving nearly two dozen charges, hundreds of thousands of pages of evidence and some dubious witnesses.

Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow, who between them spent nearly 13 years running Utah's top law enforcement office, are scheduled to appear together Wednesday in a Salt Lake City courtroom.

Both men face numerous charges of bribery, obstruction of justice and other counts that prosecutors say stem from cozy relationships with businessmen who offered gold coins, luxury vacations and use of a private jet, among other allegations.

Swallow and Shurtleff have denied wrongdoing and say the investigation is politically motivated.

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