The jury in the J.T Burnette federal public corruption trial found Burnette guilty on five of the nine charges. A guilty verdict was reached on charges related to extortion, honest services mail fraud, Travel Act, and lying to the FBI.
The guilty verdict on extortion – count 2 – was related to obstructing and delaying the movement of commerce in collusion with Paige-Carter Smith and Scott Maddox.
Two of the guilty verdicts – counts 5 & 6 – were related to two of the $10,000 payments made to Scott Maddox by the undercover agents through Maddox’s consulting firm, Governance.
One of the guilty verdicts – count 8 – was related to the promotion and facilitation of bribery. This count was based on information from secret recordings when the undercover agents were told by Burnette that Maddox was the one to pay.
From the audio recordings:
“(Sweet) told me it was going to Governance,” Miller said. “Is that right?”
“I will tell you that’s a good plan to start,” Burnette replied. “I think you got a little runway to do it.”
“I want to make sure it’s for Maddox and not another lobbyist,” Miller said.
“It’s definitely for Maddox. I hate to see you guys spend money and not know exactly what you’re doing. I would probably take a little different approach but I fully support what you guys are doing, ” Burnette told the undercover agents.
The guilty verdict on count 9 was related to lying to federal agents.
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