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N.C. judge convicted of bribery after offering $100 and a case of beer to fed official

October 24, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
N.C. judge convicted of bribery after offering $100 and a case of beer to fed official

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Federal prosecutors revealed that a judge in North Carolina has been convicted of bribery after he offered Bud Light and cash to a police officer in exchange for texts from his wife’s phone because he believed that she was having an affair.

On Friday, the U.S. Attorney’s office announced that a jury deliberated for just over 30 minutes before finding Superior Court Judge Arnold Ogden Jones II guilty of bribery and other charges, WCTI reported.

Prosecutors indicated that the judge asked a deputy in Wayne County, who is also an FBI gang task force member, to get him copies of the texts in October 2015, even though the law precludes him from receiving them.

Jones offered to trade “a couple of cases of beer” to the cop but eventually agreed to hand over $100 instead, the indictment stated.

“The jury’s verdict affirms a bedrock principle of the rule of law,” said John Bruce, the acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina.

Jones’ lawyer told The News & Observer of Raleigh that his client remains on the ballot for the November election and intends to contest the verdict.

“He and his family appreciate all the support he has had,” Geoff Hulse, his defense attorney, said.

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