Last charge against Bujak dismissed

cmsewell@idahostatesman.comJuly 26, 2013 

Three years ago Canyon County Prosecutor John Bujak resigned amid allegations of misuse of public funds. A slew of charges and legal battles ensued, including a divorce and bankruptcy case. On Thursday, the last of the charges was resolved, leaving Bujak with no convictions and one guilty plea — to criminal contempt of court.

Here’s a Bujak wrap-up: Misuse of more than $300,000 in public funds: Not guilty. Grand theft from a private estate: Not guilty. Manufacturing false evidence and computer crime: Charges dismissed Thursday.

After all is said and done, Bujak walks away with a $2,923 restitution bill from the contempt-of-court charge during the false-evidence case.

Bujak’s legal problems might be coming to an end, but he still does not have a law license.

His license was placed on interim suspension in January 2012 during his felony prosecution.

“The Idaho State Bar and I made a joint request to reinstate my law license in May, but it was denied by the Idaho Supreme Court in June. There was no express reason given for the denial. Now that the last felonies have been dismissed, I am going to try again to have the suspension lifted,” Bujak told the Statesman.

Will he run for public office again? “A lot of people have asked me to run,” he said. “I have always felt a strong calling to public service and will have to see what the future might hold.”

Cynthia Sewell: 377-6428, Twitter: @CynthiaSewell

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