No prison for judge who offered beer to FBI agent for wife’s texts

Enlarge / North Carolina Judge Arnold Ogden Jones. (credit: CBS North Carolina / YouTube)

A North Carolina judge now stripped of his robe has been sentenced to two years of probation and ordered to pay a $ 5,000 fine as part of a plea deal with federal prosecutors. Arnold Ogden Jones had pleaded guilty to charges that he tried to bribe an FBI official with beer and cash to get his wife’s text messages when he was a Wayne County judge in 2015.

“The evidence established that between October 10, 2015 and November 3, 2015, Jones gave, offered, and promised cases of beer and $ 100 to a Federal Bureau of Investigation Task Force Officer in contemplation of the Task Force Officer’s act of compelling Verizon to produce Jones’s wife’s text messages in order to disclose those messages to Jones, even though Jones was not permitted to receive them by law,” the Justice Department said.

The judge was convicted last year but won a new trial after the defense claimed that, among other things, it was wrongly denied a chance to show the jury alleged evidence of misconduct by the member of an FBI task who brought the bribery allegations.

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