Echoing claims made in $25 million tort claims filed last month, lawyers for former Canyon County Prosecutor John Bujak filed hundreds of pages of new documents late Monday asking Senior District Judge G.D. Carey to dismiss criminal charges.
Bujaks latest filing includes allegations prosecutors used perjured testimony, destroyed exculpatory evidence, harassed an expert witness assigned to help Bujak, coached witnesses and covertly leaked information.
Bujak is charged with misappropriation of $236,000 in public funds before he left office in 2010.
...(W)hen the government engages in these types of actions, the courts must act courageously and decisively to make sure that the oath taken to preserve constitutional rights is more than just words on a page, writes lawyer Nancy Callahan.
Bujak has consistently claimed county leaders knew from the beginning he intended to profit from a contract to use county resources to prosecute Nampa cases. A trial is scheduled for Oct. 29 on a charge of misuse of public funds; a second trial on false-evidence charges is set for Nov. 26.
Dan Popkey: 377-6438, Twitter: @IDS_politics