Sen. Jim Norman officially off-the-hook as U.S. Attorney announces he will not file charges against him

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U.S. Attorney Robert O’Neill says he will not file charges against State Senator Jim Norman and that his investigation is now closed.

“A diligent investigation by federal investigators failed to uncover evidence of a violation of federal criminal law,” O’Neill said.

Norman caught federal investigators’ attention with news that his wife bought a vacation home with the help of $500,000 from a guy named Ralph Hughes, millionaire businessman, political activist and longtime Norman supporter.

Sue Carlton explains:

Norman told reporters he wasn’t involved in the home purchase, which he called his wife’s “investment.” The feds appeared most interested.

Now, about the U.S. Supreme Court.

Prosecutors sometimes go after public officials and business executives for “honest services” fraud

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