- John Bujak takes office as Canyon County prosecutor after easily defeating incumbent Dave Young.
- With county consent, Bujak puts in the winning bid to take over Nampas misdemeanor prosecution contract.
- The $600,000 annual contract begins, with payments directed to the county auditor.
- At Bujaks suggestion, the contract is amended so payments are sent to a trust account only Bujak can access. County commissioners approve the move, believing all funds will ultimately go to county coffers.
- Nampan Bob Henry files a public records lawsuit to get access to trust account records. Bujak and the county fight it, saying the account is Bujaks private property. A judge agrees in July, and Henry appeals to the Idaho Supreme Court.
- Bujak says at a county budget hearing he is allowed to profit from the contract after meeting his obligations to the county. He estimates to a reporter he could clear about $50,000 if he handles the contract efficiently.
- Concerned that the county has received no money from the contract beyond expenses and salary bumps, Commissioner Kathy Alder asks Bujak to make payments on the remaining contract amount rather than waiting until the end of the fiscal year.
- Bujak pays $171,000 in two installments.
- Unable to pay the approximately $300,000 commissioners say he still owes, Bujak resigns. A criminal investigation begins.
- Bujak and his then-wife, Pepper, file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection claiming $1.3 million in debt.
- Bujak files for divorce. He is charged with contempt during the proceeding and a public defender is appointed. The contempt charge is dismissed. The divorce becomes final in January.
- Accused of not revealing income from the sale of a Rolex watch, Bujak agrees to waive bankruptcy protection from his creditors. That means the bankruptcy moves forward but Bujak can be pursued privately by those he owes. He denies concealing the Rolex sale.
- Bujak files suit against Bob Henry and members of the law firm that previously held the Nampa prosecution contract, claiming they tried to ruin his reputation. A judge dismisses the suit later that month.
- Bujak is charged with two counts of grand theft. He is granted the same public defender who represented him on the contempt charge during his divorce.
- Bujak and the Idaho State Bar reach agreement to suspend his law license, effective January, pending resolution of the criminal and bar association investigations.
- Idaho Supreme Court rejects Henrys appeal on his public records lawsuit but agrees with him that the contract and its records are public.
March 2012 - Bankruptcy Trustee Jeremy Gugino, who sought nearly $1 million from the county based on the assumption that Bujaks Nampa contract was his personal property, agrees to settle for $20,000 to be distributed among Bujaks creditors. A federal judge rejects that deal.
- Prosecutors amend the charge against Bujak to felony misuse of public funds, and both sides agree to mediation to try to reach an agreement out of court.
- State police search Bujaks residence in Eagle and seize computers to investigate an allegation that he sent fraudulent information to the special prosecutor in his case.
- Bujaks defense team seeks and obtains a gag order in the criminal case.
- Mediation begins in an attempt to reach an out-of-court resolution.
- Bujak files a public records lawsuit against the county after the prosecutors office does not release text messages between the new prosecutor and a newspaper editor. The prosecutor releases the messages to the media.
- Canyon County files a motion for the court to reconsider granting Bujak publicly funded lawyers, saying the former prosecutor does not meet the standards of indigence.
- Bujak is arrested on a felony grand theft charge after a grand jury indicts him. The charge involves several thousand dollars from an estate he handled before he was took office as prosecutor in 2009.
- A grand jury indicts Bujak on two new felonies: preparing false evidence and computer crime, that are related to the misuse of public funds case.
- A federal judge rejects a summary motion from the trustee in Bujaks bankruptcy case, refusing to compel Canyon County to hand over $171,000 Bujak paid the county shortly before he resigned. But the judge stresses that doesnt mean the county will ultimately prevail, and he urged both sides to reach a settlement rather than going to trial.
- The judge in Bujaks felony misuse of public funds case rejects a motion to combine that case with the false-evidence and computer crime charges, so the special prosecutor opts not to handle the two cases separately. The Ada County prosecutor is assigned.
- Bujak goes on trial for felony misuse of funds. The jury deadlocks, and the proceeding ends in mistrial. The special prosecutor says hell try again.
- Bujak goes on trial for grand theft (taking more than $3,000 from an estate he handled before he became prosecutor). The jury deliberates two hours then finds him not guilty.
- Chief Bankruptcy Court Judge Terry Meyers handles the mediation in the Gugino suit, setting up a long settlement hearing for Jan. 9. On Jan. 18 he files a report saying it was unsuccessful.
- Bujak goes on trial for preparing false evidence and computer crime. The trial ends in a mistrial; a new trial was later set for September but not held.
- Bujak stands trial a second time on the misuse of public funds charge. The jury acquits him.
- With all of the charges against Bujak resolved, the State Bar counsel files a stipulation to terminate the interim suspension of Bujaks law license.
Summer 2013 - The state Supreme Court initially rejects ending the suspension before State Bar investigations are complete, then ends the suspension at the end of August and Bujak is once again able to practice law.
- Bujak announces an exploratory campaign to run for governor as an independent and files paperwork with the Idaho secretary of states office indicating hes raising money for a possible 2014 campaign.
- A federal grand jury indicts Bujak on six charges including bankruptcy fraud, concealment of assets, making a false statement under oath, money laundering and obstruction of justice.