Former Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff is longer working for the international law firm Troutman Sanders. Earlier today, it was noticed that his bio and image had been taken down from the firm’s website, as were previous press releases announcing his hire.
Shurtleff joined the law firm after leaving office when John Swallow won election this past November. His leaving was marred, however, when in his final week as the state’s top law enforcement offer he suddenly settled a major suit against Bank of America – then took a job at the law firm who represents the banking giant.
Last week, the Salt Lake Tribune reported that Shurtleff had been secretly tape recorded offering $2 million in hush money to Utah businessman Darl McBride if he would stop going after Shurtleff’s friend Mark Robbins, who allegedly owed McBride $5 million.
Calls to Troutman Sanders by Utah Political Capitol have not been returned yet, but Shurtleff has reportedly told the Tribune and Fox13 that he left the cushy position in Washington DC “because the commute was too hard on his family.”
We’ll have more as this story develops.