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Feds Will Not Retry Bribery Case Against Former Arizona Utility Regulator, Others

Federal prosecutors have decided not to retry a bribery case against a former Arizona Corporation Commission commissioner, his wife, a lobbyist and the owner of a utility company.

That’s after jurors in the case told the judge last month they could not reach a verdict in the initial trial.

The trial of Gary Pierce ended in a mistrial after jurors deadlocked on charges that he accepted $31,000 in bribes from a water company owner in exchange for favorable regulatory decisions.

A mistrial also was declared for Pierce's wife, Sherry, water company owner George Johnson and lobbyist Jim Norton.

Ryan Randazzo with the Arizona Republic joined The Show to talk about it.

Mark Brodie is a co-host of The Show, KJZZ’s locally produced news magazine. Since starting at KJZZ in 2002, Brodie has been a host, reporter and producer, including several years covering the Arizona Legislature, based at the Capitol.