- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 22, 2015

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Former Canyon County prosecutor and gubernatorial candidate John Bujak has resigned from the Idaho State Bar, effectively ending his ability to practice law in Idaho.

Bujak announced his resignation Thursday. The move comes as the state bar was seeking to have him disbarred on ethical grounds earlier this summer.

“This should mark the end of my five-year battle with the state and federal governments in Idaho,” he wrote in a statement according to KTVB-TV (https://bit.ly/1j3T5ng). “The events of the last five years caused me to re-open and then close my private practice three times. The constant conflict caused more discontent than the satisfaction I derived from the practice of law. In the end, this is the best decision for myself, my health and my family. I have no regrets, and my family and I are very much looking forward to whatever life has in store.”

Bujak resigned as county prosecutor in 2010 after he was accused of embezzling from Canyon County and eventually found not guilty.

A jury in 2012 found Bujak not guilty of misuse of public funds, though he pleaded guilty to a charge of contempt of court. His license to practice law was suspended in 2012 as that court case moved forward, but the Idaho Supreme Court reinstated it in the fall of 2013.

He was acquitted again in 2014 of other charges including bankruptcy fraud and money laundering.

His resignation agreement only stops him from practicing law in the state for four years. He would have to reapply at the end of that term.

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Information from: KTVB-TV, https://www.ktvb.com/

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