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Arizona utility bribe trial details contact with FBI

Gary Pierce, who sat on the Arizona Corporation Commission, and his wife, Sherry, are accused of accepting a bribe.

Howard Fischer Capitol Media Services | San Tan Valley News

The government’s key witness in the Arizona Corporation Commission bribery case told jurors Wednesday she divorced husband lobbyist Jim Norton because he had multiple affairs but that her decision to testify against him and others was because “I didn’t want to go to jail.”

Kelly Norton testified how her then-husband Jim told her that utility executive George Johnson would give her KNB Consulting firm a contract. At the time Jim was lobbying for Johnson Utilities.

“But there was one caveat: I had to hire Sherry Pierce,” she said, the wife of commission Chairman Gary Pierce, something she said she didn’t want to do.


Related: Kelly Norton: ‘I wanted to keep copies of everything just in case’


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