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Ex-prosecutor pleads guilty to bribery

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A former Marion County deputy prosecutor pleaded guilty Tuesday in an Indianapolis federal court to accepting a bribe. As part of the plea, he agreed to tell federal prosecutors what he knows about public corruption in Indianapolis.

David Wyser was indicted in May with one count of bribery, which carries a prison sentence of up to 10 years and up to a $250,000 fine.

U.S. District Judge Sarah Evans Barker accepted the plea. Wyser has been allowed to remain on release under the same terms and conditions previously imposed pending his sentencing.

Prosecutors allege Wyser, who was the top deputy under former Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi, took a $2,500 bribe in 2009 to reduce a prisoner’s sentence for murder and conspiracy to commit murder. Paula Willoughby was released early from prison after her father Harrison Epperly made large political contributions to Brizzi and Wyser while their office considered modifying Willoughby’s sentence.

Brizzi and Wyser later returned the donations.

A date has not been set for sentencing.

 

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  1. I need an experienced attorney to handle a breach of contract matter. Kindly respond for more details. Graham Young

  2. I thought the slurs were the least grave aspects of her misconduct, since they had nothing to do with her being on the bench. Why then do I suspect they were the focus? I find this a troubling trend. At least she was allowed to keep her law license.

  3. Section 6 of Article I of the Indiana Constitution is pretty clear and unequivocal: "Section 6. No money shall be drawn from the treasury for the benefit of any religious or theological institution."

  4. Video pen? Nice work, "JW"! Let this be a lesson and a caution to all disgruntled ex-spouses (or soon-to-be ex-spouses) . . . you may think that altercation is going to get you some satisfaction . . . it will not.

  5. First comment on this thread is a fitting final comment on this thread, as that the MCBA never answered Duncan's fine question, and now even Eric Holder agrees that the MCBA was in material error as to the facts: "I don't get it" from Duncan December 1, 2014 5:10 PM "The Grand Jury met for 25 days and heard 70 hours of testimony according to this article and they made a decision that no crime occurred. On what basis does the MCBA conclude that their decision was "unjust"? What special knowledge or evidence does the MCBA have that the Grand Jury hearing this matter was unaware of? The system that we as lawyers are sworn to uphold made a decision that there was insufficient proof that officer committed a crime. How can any of us say we know better what was right than the jury that actually heard all of the the evidence in this case."

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