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U.S. Supreme Court won't hear appeal of San Diego politician

January 10, 2012 | 10:14 am

Ralph3The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to consider the appeal of an ex-San Diego City Council member sentenced to 21 months in prison after being convicted of taking political contributions from the owner of a strip-club who wanted the council to overturn a law prohibiting nude dancers from touching patrons.

The high court, without comment, declined to hear the appeal of Ralph Inzunza, who has been free on appeal since being sentenced in 2005. The court's decision was revealed Monday.

Federal prosecutors claimed the contributions, some of which were declared on disclosure forms, constituted a "theft of honest services."

In the same case, the conviction of ex-Councilman Michael Zucchet was dismissed by the trial judge. Councilman Charles Lewis had died on the eve of trial and council aide David Cowan was acquitted of lying to the FBI.


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Photo: Ralph Inzunza. Credit: Associated Press