SALT LAKE CITY — Former Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff asked a judge to deny the state’s motion to dismiss his claim for attorneys’ fees in the abandoned criminal case against him.

The Deseret News reports ( ) Shurtleff’s lawyers argued in a court filing Monday Utah law does not require him to be a state employee at the time the charges were dropped. It only requires the charges to be filed in connection with the time in office for him to be eligible for reimbursement.

Shurtleff sued the state for $1.1 million in March, claiming Attorney General Sean Reyes derailed his attempt to recoup costs to defend himself.

The attorney general’s office contends Shurtleff isn’t entitled to protection because he was not a state employee when the felony charges were dropped last summer.

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