Posted: Dec 19, 2013 10:55 AM by Melissa Moore
Updated: Dec 19, 2013 10:55 AM
U.S. District Judge James Brady threw out three aggravated identity theft charges against former ABC commissioner Murphy Painter Thursday morning.
The judge said aggravated identity theft laws were created to protect people from terrorism and financial ruin and did not apply in this case.
Painter still faces 29 counts of computer fraud and false statements.
Brady dismissed the charges outside the presence of the jury.
Painter, the former head of the state Alcohol and Tobacco Control Board, is facing federal charges he misused access to state and federal databases and lied to federal investigators.
Closing arguments are expected to begin shortly.