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Isgro Payola Case Thrown Out

August 20, 1996|CHUCK PHILIPS

For the third time in seven years, a Los Angeles judge has thrown out a high-profile payola case against Los Angeles record promoter Joseph Isgro.

In a nine-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Consuelo B. Marshall dismissed the case Monday, accusing prosecutors of violating the speedy trial act.

The 57-count indictment against Isgro, which spurred grand jury investigations in five cities and cost an estimated $10 million to prosecute, was the biggest payola case in U.S. history.

The ruling was in response to a motion filed two months ago by the Justice Department, which now cannot resurrect the case without an appeal to the U.S. 9th Circuit Court.

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