Former Sec. Of State’s Attorney Won’t Face Bribery Charges

A U.S. Attorney says Carl Brizzi will not face criminal charges on bribery allegations.

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U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett (pictured) says he could not make a case for the bribery allegations against Carl Brizzi.

Carl Brizzi the former attorney for ex-Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White, will not face criminal charges from his time as Marion County Prosecutor. The U.S. Attorney said he couldn’t make a case, but  Brizzi could still face professional misconduct penalties.

U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett’s office was investigating bribery allegations against Brizzi.

The allegations stemmed primarily from a case in which Brizzi received a campaign contribution from the father of a woman requesting adjustment of her murder sentence and another in which Brizzi had a financial relationship with a criminal defense lawyer while negotiating a lenient plea bargain for that lawyer’s client.

But Hogsett says while those scenarios are unacceptable, there isn’t enough evidence to support a conviction.

Brizzi’s conduct may still be referred to Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission, which could suspend his law license.

Brizzi was recently in court defending his representation of former Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White. White says Brizzi failed to provide a defense, which led to White’s conviction for voter fraud.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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