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Re: Fife Symington

From: Gene Steinberg <gene.nul>
Date: Mon, 29 Aug 2011 07:37:52 -0700
Archived: Mon, 29 Aug 2011 12:39:19 -0400
Subject: Re: Fife Symington

Here's what the Wikipedia entry states about Symington:

"Later, Symington was indicted on charges of extortion, making
alse financial statements, and of bank fraud. He was convicted
of bank fraud in 1997. As Arizona state law does not allow
convicted felons to hold office, Symington resigned his office
on September 5, 1997.

"This conviction, however, was overturned in 1999 by the Ninth
Circuit Court of Appeals. Six days into jury deliberations, the
trial judge had granted the government's motion to dismiss a
juror who was leaning toward acquittal because the other jurors
complained she was refusing to deliberate with them, a serious
breach of the juror's oath. A three-judge panel of the appeals
court ruled 2-1 that there was a reasonable possibility that the
juror had actually been removed because the rest of the jury was
frustrated that she did not agree with them. The appeals court
ruled that Symington was entitled to that juror's vote, and her
dismissal violated Symington's right to a fair trial. Before the
government could retry him, Symington was pardoned by President
Clinton, whom Symington had once saved from a rip tide off of
Cape Cod, near the end of his presidency in January 2001. The
pardon terminated the federal government's seven year battle
with the former governor."

So in the eyes of the law, he is not guilty of anything.

But I say that with no illusions that Arizona politics are
necessarily honest. 18 years in the valley have convinced
me of precisely the reverse.

Gene Steinberg
Host/Executive Producer, The Paracast

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