Prosecutors explain weakness in Fiesta Bowl cases

March 21, 2014 • National News

FILE – Former Fiesta Bowl executive director John Junker gets into his car outside the Sandra Day O’Connor U.S. courthouse after being sentenced in Phoenix on in this March 13, 2014 file photo. The sentencing Thursday March 20, 2014 of 58-year-old John Junker in Maricopa County Superior Court will mark the end of criminal cases that arose from the contribution scandal that jeopardized the bowl’s NCAA license and led to the ouster of the longtime bowl leader. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Michael Schennum, File) MARICOPA COUNTY OUT; MAGS OUT; NO SALES

PHOENIX (AP) — The sentencing of the former Fiesta Bowl chief executive marks the end of criminal cases arising from a scandal that led to guilty pleas by six bowl employees but only one prison sentence.

Former bowl leader John Junker was sentenced Thursday in state court in Phoenix to probation for his acknowledged role in an illegal campaign contribution scheme. A week ago, he was sentenced in federal court to eight months in prison on a conviction arising from the scandal in which bowl employees made illegal contributions to politicians and were Login to read more

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