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Charges dropped against former aide to Lt. Gov. Carroll



From the Associated Press:

Charges are going to be dropped in the case against a former aide to one-time Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll.

Prosecutors have reached a deferred prosecution agreement with Carletha Cole that will result in charges being dropped in 12 months if Cole stays out of legal trouble.

Cole must also perform 50 hours of community service. Cole was arrested in 2011 and accused of giving a reporter an illegally taped conversation between Cole and Carroll's chief of staff.

Cole's attorneys asserted that their client was being set up because she witnessed unprofessional behavior by Carroll and other employees, including walking in on Carroll and a female aide in a "compromising position." Carroll has denied the allegations.

Carroll stepped down in March in the wake of an investigation into an alleged gambling operation.

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[Last modified: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 4:29pm]


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