Friday, February 17, 2006

Investigation of Former Spokane Mayor Closed

The federal investigation of former Spokane Mayor Jim West ended with the FBI determining that there was no evidence that he intended to engage in honest services fraud related to offering jobs to men he met through internet chat rooms.  The federal inquiry was conducted through the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Washington in Seattle because the Eastern District's Office recused itself (earlier post here).  West was recalled in December 2005 when approximately 65% of Spokane's voters favored removing him from office.  No word yet on whether state or local prosecutors will pursue any charges, although the federal exoneration (if it can be called that) could set West on the road to political rehabilitation, as an AP story (here) notes here that he has not ruled out another run for elected office. (ph)

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