Mistrial In Johnson Utilities Case

posted by Debra Dale - 

(Phoenix, AZ) A mistrial is being declared in a high profile Valley bribery case.  The jury told the judge they were unable to reach a unanimous verdict in the case involving a corporation commissioner and Johnson Utilities.   The case centers around alleged payments funneled by lobbyist Jim Norton to former Commissioner Gary Pierce and his wife Sherry Pierce.  Prosecutors say the payments from utilities owner George Johnson were in exchange for favorable votes for Johnson Utilities.

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