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Dismissal of case against Rep. Jones stands

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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