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Former Jackson County legislator charged

January 7, 2007

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— Carl W. Bussey, a former member of the Jackson County Legislature, was indicted Friday on federal charges of interfering with the investigation of a former municipal judge.

A grand jury charged Bussey, 58, of Kansas City, with four counts of making false statements and perjury during the investigation of former Municipal Judge Deborah Neal.

The indictment alleges Bussey made loans to Neal, then arranged for his cousin to loan money to her. But the indictment says Bussey denied making the loans during an investigation into Neal.

She pleaded guilty in May 2005 to one count of mail fraud stemming from more than $28,000 in loans from lawyers and a bonding company that she failed to report to the Missouri Supreme Court.

Neal had resigned her judgeship in November 2004 amid the investigation.

In her plea, Neal acknowledged that she not only solicited money from lawyers - some of whom had cases in her court - but gave some of them preferential treatment.

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