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Junker sentencing delayed due to Fiesta Bowl probe

This April 26, 2007 photo shows Fiesta Bowl CEO John Junker during a news conference in Scottsdale, Ariz. The Fiesta Bowl has fired its longtime CEO John Junker after a scathing internal report found "an apparent scheme" to reimburse employees for political contributions. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Tom Tingle)

It looks like former Fiesta Bowl CEO John Junker’s continuing cooperation with law enforcement authorities means it will be a long time before he is sentenced in federal court.

Junker had been scheduled to be sentenced Monday on his guilty plea to a conspiracy charge stemming from illegal reimbursements of bowl employees for campaign contributions.

But a federal judge earlier this month agreed to postpone the sentencing to July 30.

That’s at the request of defense and prosecution lawyers. They say Junker is still cooperating with a state investigation and that his federal plea bargain requires that he complete that cooperation before he is sentenced.

And the lawyers tell the judge that it’s likely that the cooperation will continue long after July and that further postponements will be requested.

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  1. Citizen / Taxpayer

    Junker should be incarcerated in an Arizona prison, created by his cronies for “others”. He received a slap on the wrist while the rest of the officials went “free”. Anyone else would be sentenced to life in prison.

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