SALT LAKE CITY — Former Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff now accuses Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill of pursuing a felony investigation in opposition to him in retaliation for supporting Gill’s 2010 election opponent.
An amended lawsuit filed Friday in federal courtroom spells out intimately Shurtleff’s competition that the now-dismissed public corruption case him was once politically motivated.
A Republican who served 3 phrases because the state’s best cop, Shurtleff sued Gill, the FBI and state investigators for $60 million final month, claiming they falsely charged and maliciously prosecuted him.
The lawsuit, which ballooned from 21 pages to 73, now seeks a minimum of $80 million and describes alleged investigative misconduct for every of the 10 legal counts prosecutors filed in opposition to him in July 2014.
Shurtleff claims Gill, a Democrat, threatened to “get him back” for backing Republican Lohra Miller and calling her a greater prosecutor within the 2010 district legal professional’s race that Gill narrowly gained. He additionally says Gill used the felony case in opposition to him and his successor, John Swallow, to advance his 2014 re-election marketing campaign.
Gill mentioned Friday Shurtleff is unfastened to “believe what he wants to believe and claim what he wants to claim” and that he’ll deal with the problems in courtroom.
“All I’ve ever done is done my job,” Gill mentioned.
Throughout past due 2013 and early 2014, federal and state investigators achieved fraudulent and perjured seek warrants to illegally snatch Shurtleff’s private assets, texts, telephone data and emails, his lawsuit claims.
Agents dressed in frame armor and wielding attack rifles and different automated and semi-automatic guns used over the top pressure after they raided his Sandy home on June three, 2014, understanding Shurtleff was once now not there, the lawsuit says.
Shurtleff claims officials bodily, verbally and emotionally abused his kids, Thomas and Adrianna, either one of whom, together with his spouse, M’Liss, are plaintiffs within the lawsuit. He referred to as them “Dirty Harry tactics” on the time.
Prosecutors at the start charged Shurtleff and Swallow with bribery, accepting presents and obstruction of justice, amongst different felonies, as co-defendants. The fees got here after investigations from the U.S. Department of Justice, Utah House and state election place of work of the 2 former lawyers common. Federal officers declined to prosecute both one.
When the state case was once cut up, Gill prosecuted Swallow and Davis County Attorney Troy Rawlings, a Republican, prosecuted Shurtleff.
Shurtleff alleges within the lawsuit that Gill used Rawlings as “political cover” to declare the investigation wasn’t political.
Gill mentioned Rawlings made the selections within the Shurtleff case and “I supported his independence to do it.”
Rawlings ultimately dropped the criminal charges in opposition to Shurtleff in July 2016, mentioning a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that modified the bribery requirements of public officers, an lack of ability to download key proof from the federal investigation and considerations about whether or not Shurtleff may get an excellent trial within the high-profile case.
Swallow’s case went to trial final yr and a jury acquitted him on all counts.
Shurtleff mentioned he misplaced a $1 million-per-year activity at a prestigious legislation company in Washington, D.C., on account of the costs in addition to different paintings. He mentioned he was once grew to become down for a possible high-paying lobbying activity after the corporate searched his title on-line.
His lawsuit seeks $20 million for misplaced wages and clinical bills and $60 million for compensatory damages, together with misplaced source of revenue, emotional misery, humiliation and lack of delight in existence.
Utah Department of Public Safety investigator Scott Nesbitt, FBI brokers Michelle Pickens and Jon Isakson and the Salt Lake City Public Corruption Task Force also are named as defendants.
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