Corruption Conviction Lifted for Ex-Illinois Official

Sunday, Sep 11, 2011  |  Updated 11:04 AM CDT
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Corruption Conviction Lifted for Ex-Illinois Official

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File Image. A former official in the Illinois Secretary of State's office had his conviction overturned this week.

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A federal judge has vacated the corruption conviction of a former supervisor for the Illinois secretary of state's office.

Cecil Turner was convicted on four counts of wire fraud in 2006 for covering up a scheme in which three janitors were paid for hours they didn't actually work.

Turner did not take any illegal money. He was convicted on the legal theory that he denied taxpayers the honest services they deserved.

Since then, however, the U.S. Supreme Court has narrowed the scope of "honest services'' violations.

The State Journal-Register reports that Turner appealed, and Judge Joe Billy McDade agreed to reverse the convictions.

Turner remains guilty of two counts of making false statements to investigators.

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