September 21, 2014
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - A jury has found Puerto Rico's
former governor not guilty on all nine counts in his corruption
Anibal Acevedo Vila could have faced 20 years in prison if
convicted of violations including conspiracy, money laundering and
giving false testimony to the FBI.
Friday's verdict concludes the monthlong trial.
Acevedo was the first governor to be charged with a crime since
the island became a semiautonomous U.S. commonwealth in 1952.
Authorities last year accused Acevedo and 12 of his associates
of participating in an illegal scheme to pay off more than $500,000
in campaign debts.
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