Timeline of John Bujak's legal woes

January 14, 2014 

January 2009

- John Bujak takes office as Canyon County prosecutor after easily defeating incumbent Dave Young.

April 2009

- With county consent, Bujak puts in the winning bid to take over Nampa’s misdemeanor prosecution contract.

July 2009

- The $600,000 annual contract begins, with payments directed to the county auditor.

September 2009

- At Bujak’s 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.

May 2010

- 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 Bujak’s private property. A judge agrees in July, and Henry appeals to the Idaho Supreme Court.

Summer 2010

- 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.

September 2010

- Unable to pay the approximately $300,000 commissioners say he still owes, Bujak resigns. A criminal investigation begins.

November 2010

- Bujak and his then-wife, Pepper, file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection claiming $1.3 million in debt.

July 2011

- 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.

October 2011

- 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.

November 2011

- 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.

December 2011

- 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.

January 2012

- Idaho Supreme Court rejects Henry’s 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 Bujak’s Nampa contract was his personal property, agrees to settle for $20,000 to be distributed among Bujak’s 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.

April 2012

- State police search Bujak’s residence in Eagle and seize computers to investigate an allegation that he sent fraudulent information to the special prosecutor in his case.

May 2012

- Bujak’s defense team seeks and obtains a gag order in the criminal case.

- Mediation begins in an attempt to reach an out-of-court resolution.

June 2012

- Bujak files a public records lawsuit against the county after the prosecutor’s 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.

July 2012

- 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 Bujak’s 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 doesn’t mean the county will ultimately prevail, and he urged both sides to reach a settlement rather than going to trial.

August-September 2012

- The judge in Bujak’s 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.

November 2012

- Bujak goes on trial for felony misuse of funds. The jury deadlocks, and the proceeding ends in mistrial. The special prosecutor says he’ll try again.

January 2013

- 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.

February 2013

- 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.

March 2013

- Bujak stands trial a second time on the misuse of public funds charge. The jury acquits him.

May 2013

- With all of the charges against Bujak resolved, the State Bar counsel files a stipulation to terminate the interim suspension of Bujak’s 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 state’s office indicating he’s raising money for a possible 2014 campaign.

January 2014

- 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.

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