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Grand Jury Decides Not to Indict Political Blogger

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A Franklin County grand jury has decided not to indict Democratic political blogger Mark Nickolas in a tax case.

Commonwealth's Attorney Larry Cleveland said last night that as
far as he's concerned, the case is over.

Cleveland said the state Department of Revenue alleged that Nickolas had violated state tax laws by soliciting funds for his non-profit blog, "BlueGrassReport.org," and using the money for personal expenses.

The prosecutor says the decision not to indict came after the grand jury heard from the state department and an accountant for Nickolas.

Cleveland says Nickolas may have used some contributed money for personal expenses, but he gave back so much of his time and resources to the blog that the grand jury couldn't determine that it appeared he did anything wrong.

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