Feds Will Not Retry Bribery Case Against Former Arizona Utility Regulator, Others

Published: Wednesday, August 8, 2018 - 12:23pm
Updated: Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 11:21am
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Federal prosecutors have decided not to retry a bribery case against a former Arizona Corporation Commission commissioner, his wife, a lobbyist and the owner of a utility company.

That’s after jurors in the case told the judge last month they could not reach a verdict in the initial trial.

The trial of Gary Pierce ended in a mistrial after jurors deadlocked on charges that he accepted $31,000 in bribes from a water company owner in exchange for favorable regulatory decisions.

A mistrial also was declared for Pierce's wife, Sherry, water company owner George Johnson and lobbyist Jim Norton.

Ryan Randazzo with the Arizona Republic joined The Show to talk about it.

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