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County Prosecutor: Arizona State Politicians Will Not Face Criminal Charges in Fiesta Bowl Ticket Investigation

SI.com is reporting a prosecutor announced on Wednesday (December 21, 2011) that over two dozen Arizona politicians who received free game tickets or trips from the Fiesta Bowl will not face criminal charges. Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery informed the public an “investigation into whether the elected officials illegally accepted or failed to report the gifts did not find enough evidence to pursue criminal cases”. Montgomery “blamed inconsistent state laws, vague reporting requirements and a legal requirement that prosecutors prove a defendant ‘knowingly’’ violated the law as major factors in his decision”. SI.com noted the prosecutor’s decision “removed a pall that has been cast over many state lawmakers since April, when Montgomery began investigating whether politicians violated a law banning acceptance of free game tickets in most cases and failed to report receiving free trips or tickets”. The county prosecutor’s investigation was initiated after an internal Fiesta Bowl inquiry into illegal political contributions and lavish spending by bowl officials. SI.com stated “Montgomery took over the case after the Arizona Attorney General’s office declared a conflict of interest”. The full SI.com article can be reviewed by clicking here.

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About Michael L. Buckner, Esquire

An attorney who provides clients with internal investigation, civil litigation, estate planning and compliance services.

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