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Jury finds Rick Renzi guilty of some charges in corruption trial

TUCSON (AZ Central) – A federal jury on Tuesday found former Congressman Rick Renzi guilty on 17 of 32 felony charges brought against him, including conspiracy, wire fraud, extortion, racketeering, money laundering and making false statements to insurance regulators.

The U.S. District Court jury returned its verdict on Renzi’s 55th birthday after nearly a month of trial. The jury deliberated about two and one-half days.

Judge David Bury allowed Renzi to remain free pending sentencing on Aug. 19.

Renzi declined comment as he left court Tuesday. Defense co-counsel Kelly Kramer later released a statement saying, “We are pleased that the jury acquitted Mr. Renzi on 15 counts. We are disappointed by every guilty verdict.  We will continue to fight these charges, including on appeal.”…read full article

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