Shurtleff undergoes second surgery

Mark Shurleff (R)

SALT LAKE CITY (Legal Newsline)-Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff on Monday underwent a second surgery for an infection he developed in his left leg.

The Republican attorney general has developed a staph infection, and is being treated with intravenous antibiotics, his spokesman Paul Murphy has said.

Doctors performed the latest procedure to be sure the infection had not spread to the plates and screws in Shurtleff's leg, placed last year after he injured his left leg in a motorcycle crash.

On Sept. 22, he crashed while test-driving a Harley Davidson Road King motorcycle for the "Fall Ride for Fallen Officers" charity ride benefiting the Utah Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation.

Because of the current infection, Shurtleff has been forced to cancel his June 30 trip to Israel.

He returned late Thursday from a conference of the National Association of Attorneys General in Providence, R.I., where his condition worsened.

He asked his family to take him to the hospital Friday. Doctors performed surgery Saturday.

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