Posted: Dec 20, 2013 5:28 PM by Jason Newton
Updated: Dec 20, 2013 5:28 PM
BATON ROUGE - The state's former Alcohol and Tobacco Commissioner was cleared of any wrong-doing. Murphy Painter was found not guilty on all 29 counts of computer fraud and making false statements to the FBI.
While the verdicts were being read, Painter's mother broke down in tears of joy. Painter's attorney didn't mince his words when describing how he felt about the federal case against his client.
"Case should've never been brought, never should've seen the light of day," said Michael Fawer. "Nonsensical case from the outset."
Painter was accused of illegally using an FBI database to run background checks on random people.
"Forty-three million checks done every year by law enforcement officers," Fawer said. "We really believe that no officer uses it for non-law enforcement purposes? Nonsense."
U.S. attorney's took the news in stride.
"Obviously disappointed by the verdict," said acting U.S. Attorney Walt Green. "But we recognize it's part of the legal process and we respect the jury's verdict in trial."
Eight women and four men on the jury disagreed with the evidence presented.