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

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.

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