SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah businessman Jeremy Johnson's lawyers return to federal court Friday for the last time, they hope.
The lawyers don't want to represent Johnson any longer. They're asking a federal magistrate to excuse them from Johnson's highly publicized Internet fraud case.
Johnson scuttled a plea deal last month, then accused newly elected Attorney General John Swallow of being part of a bribery scheme that Johnson says failed to derail a federal investigation into his business practices. Swallow denies the accusation.
U.S. Attorney David Barlow, meanwhile, is seeking to muzzle Johnson. Barlow says Johnson is conducting a sophisticated Internet and media campaign to discredit federal prosecutors and investigators.
Federal Magistrate Paul Warner will sort it out at a hearing set for 2 p.m. Friday in Salt Lake City.