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Cheney indictment dropped

December 02, 2008|associated press

RAYMONDVILLE, TEXAS — A judge dismissed indictments against Vice President Dick Cheney and former Atty. Gen. Alberto R. Gonzales on Monday and chastised the southern Texas prosecutor who brought the case.

Three of the eight indictments returned Nov. 17 targeted private prison operator the GEO Group, state Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr., Cheney and Gonzales as part of an investigation into prisoner abuse at privately run federal prisons in the county.

The indictment against Cheney alleged that his personal investment in the Vanguard Group, which invests in private prison companies, made him culpable in alleged prisoner abuse. Gonzales was accused of using his position to stop an investigation into abuses at a federal detention center.

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