Federal Prosecutor Drops Perjury Charge in Crittenden County Drug Probe

November 6, 2003 - Posted at 7:59 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Federal prosecutors have dropped the last of four perjury charges against the wife of a former Crittenden County deputy convicted in February of lying to investigators looking into reports of police corruption.

28-year-old Angela Pirani was accused of lying to protect her husband.  U.S. District Judge Bill Wilson earlier dismissed three of the counts, saying the questions that Pirani had answered were ambiguous.

On Wednesday, the U.S. attorney's office filed a motion to dismiss the remaining charge.  The motion did not give a reason other than "the ends of justice."

Pirani and her husband, Louis Pirani, still face charges of filing false tax returns.

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