Saturday, July 8, 2006
A former Army colonel who had been convicted of bribery and other charges (see here), had a major portion of his case thrown out by the court. According to the St Pete Times here, the conviction on bribery was thrown out, the wire fraud counts were sent back for a new trial, leaving only a conspiracy count remaining. He has yet to be sentenced on that count. In an unusual move, a cooperating witness stated that that he and the colonel did nothing illegal and that the cooperating witness had plead guilty because of government pressure and family reasons. The St Pete Times reported that one of the reasons he stated was the cost of the trial.