Thursday, August 17, 2017

Lobbyist Jim Norton Appeals To 9th Circuit In Arizona Corporation Commission Corruption Case

Lobbyist Jim Norton has appealed to the 9th Circuit, challenging a trial court's order restricting what information about the wider corruption investigation can be publicly disclosed by defendants. The appeal is part of the case alleging a scheme to bribe Arizona Corporation Commissioner Gary Pierce on behalf of utility owner George Johnson.

U.S. District Court Judge John Tuchi ordered prosecutors to turn over the documents to defense attorneys, but restricted defendants and their attorneys from releasing information, so as not to interfere with ongoing investigations. The two protective orders are posted below.

Norton filed his interlocutory (i.e. while the case is continuing) appeal on Tuesday.  The trial is currently set for October 3. Besides Norton, Pierce and Johnson, Pierce's wife Sherry Pierce has also been charged.

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