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State Bar closes case against AG Horne over crash

PHOENIX — The State Bar of Arizona has closed a disciplinary case against
Attorney General Tom Horne for a hit-and-run incident without taking
disciplinary action.

The Bar said in a Tuesday letter to Horne’s lawyer that his no contest plea in
the case doesn’t show he engaged in criminal activity that would affect his
license. More serious offenses are normally required for discipline.

The hit-and-run case came to light as FBI agents trailed Horne while apparently
investigating a campaign finance case. That case resulted in a civil complaint
filed by Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery. A judge dismissed the case in
March for procedural reasons but it is now being reviewed by Yavapai County
Attorney Sheila Polk.

The Bar dropped its disciplinary case after the dismissal but said it may be
reopened.

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