Felony convictions vacated for 4 former Navy officers in sprawling ‘Fats Leonard’ bribery scandal

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The felony convictions of 4 former Navy officers in one of many worst bribery circumstances within the maritime department’s historical past had been vacated Wednesday as a consequence of questions on prosecutorial misconduct, the newest setback to the federal government’s yearslong efforts in going after dozens of navy officers tied to a protection contractor nicknamed Fats Leonard.

U.S. District Decide Janis Sammartino referred to as the misconduct “outrageous” and agreed to permit the 4 males to plead responsible to a misdemeanor and pay a $100 effective every.

The stunning flip within the case got here at a sentencing listening to in federal courtroom in San Diego.