Cleveland: Acquittal in corruption trial

4:25 PM, Dec 16, 2011   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- Federal prosecutors have suffered a defeat in their on-going cases related to a corruption investigation in Cuyahoga County.

Michael McMichael was found not guilty on December 14 of all charges in a three count indictment. McMichael was charged with two conspiracy charges and a Hobbs Act violation.

The government used wiretapped conversations during the nine-day trial to support its theory of charges.

McMichael denied the claims and was acquitted on the conspiracy counts. The judge dismissed the Hobbs Act charge.

To date, federal prosecutors have secured convictions or guilty pleas of dozens of government workers, officials and contractors in the corruption investigation that began in 2008.


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