- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 20, 2014

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) - A Navajo Nation judge has granted a request by prosecutors to dismiss claims against nearly all remaining defendants in a 2011 civil case alleging misuse of tribal discretionary funds.

Window Rock District Judge Carol Perry signed an order May 14 to dismiss claims against current and former tribal officials, with the exception of Controller Mark Grant.

The Gallup Independent (https://ow.ly/x3XeL ) reports that special prosecutors are in settlement talks with Grant on a breach of fiduciary duty claim.

Prosecutors say those dismissed from the civil case still could face criminal or ethics charges.

More than two dozen people already have been charged with criminal counts of conspiracy and bribery or with violating ethics laws. Some of them have settled their cases while others await trial.



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