Judge Refuses To Dismiss Bid-Rigging Case

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A federal judge has denied a request to dismiss bid-rigging charges against a former government official, a
construction contractor and one of his aides.

U.S. District Judge Danny Reeves ruled Wednesday that the public
release of an FBI affidavit doesn't warrant dismissal of the charges.

Attorneys for former Kentucky Transportation Secretary Bill Nighbert, road builder Leonard Lawson, and Lawson aide Brian Billings had asked that the case be dismissed. They claimed that the affidavit left in a public file where it could be obtained by reporters prejudiced the grand jury that issued the indictment in September.

The affidavit provided details of the bid-rigging investigation four weeks before the grand jury brought charges of conspiracy, misapplication of property and obstruction of justice.

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