A federal judge in Los Angeles dismissed the corruption convictions of the top two executives of Azusa power equipment company Lindsey Manufacturing Co., saying Justice Department prosecutors committed a host of misdeeds that prohibited the defendants from a fair trial.
In a lengthy and scathing ruling, U.S. District Judge A. Howard Matz said government attorneys allowed an FBI agent to present false testimony to a grand jury, inserted false statements into search warrant applications and unlawfully intercepted emails between a defendant and a defense attorney.
Matz said the misconduct was so flagrant that prosecutors should not be permitted to retry company executives Keith Lindsey and Steve K. Lee.
"Dr. Lindsey and Mr. Lee were put through a severe ordeal. Charges were filed against them as a result of a sloppy, incomplete and notably overzealous investigation," Matz said.