Bujak to be retried on misuse of public funds charges

Bujak to be retried on misuse of public funds charges

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by Kim Fields

NWCN.com

Posted on November 13, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 13 at 3:21 PM

CALDWELL -- We've learned that former Canyon County Prosecutor John Bujak will face a second trial on charges he misused public funds.

Bujak's first trial began in late October and ended with a deadlocked jury last week, meaning jurors couldn't come to a unanimous decision.

The special prosecution met with Canyon County commissioners Tuesday morning and informed them of their decision to retry Bujak.

The second trial is scheduled to begin on March 11.

Bujak is accused of illegally taking public money from the county while he was in office. Prosecutors say Bujak mishandled more than $200,000 from a contract to prosecute misdemeanors in Nampa.

Bujak, who acted as his own attorney, countered during his trial that money exceeding the amount necessary to pay his county staff to cover Nampa cases belonged to him.

If convicted, Bujak could face up to 14 years in prison.

Bujak is also currently facing other felony charges, including falsifying evidence and grand theft. Both of those trials are set to begin later this year.

 

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