Dismissal of case against Rep. Jones stands
Published: May 21, 2010 at 2:53 pm
The Arizona Supreme Court is letting stand the dismissal of felony charges against a state legislator in a case stemming from alleged false statements on nominating petitions.
An order released Friday by the justices declines to grant a request by Maricopa County prosecutors for a review of the 2009 ruling by the Court of Appeals in the case of Republican Rep. Russ Jones of Yuma.
The Court of Appeals ruled that a state law against filing false documents didn’t specifically make it a crime to include a false statement in an otherwise genuine election filing.
Nine felony false-instrument counts had accused Jones of knowingly and falsely declaring on the back of nominating petitions that he was present when voters signed the front of the petitions.
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