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Judge overturns most counts in $128,000 fraud case against former legislative staffer (access required)

A federal judge today overturned jury convictions on eight of nine counts of wire fraud for a former legislative staffer who had admitted in court that he took about $128,000 in campaign funds from former Speaker Jim Weiers.

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