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.”