Wednesday, November 25, 2020 8:36 pm

Judge’s decision in bribery trial opens door on larger probe

By Katie Campbell | Arizona Capitol Times

Gayle Burns will be allowed to testify in the so-called “Ghost Lobby” trial after U.S. District Court Judge John Tuchi determined the defense had opened the door to her testimony.

The judge’s decision is critical because it could take the trial down a path that leads to the investigation from which this case emerged, dubbed “Operation High Grid” in court records.

It has been widely known the FBI has been looking into certain statewide races in the 2014 election, and Gary Pierce has acknowledged talking to the FBI about the 2014 race for secretary of state, in which his son, Justin Pierce, was a candidate.

Tuchi has taken steps to keep the larger investigation out of the ongoing trial, and he advised attorneys on both sides to avoid the other investigation in their questioning.

But that may prove difficult moving forward.

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