The Latest: Some say prosecutors unfair to former DC mayor

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Posted: Dec 09, 2015 2:46 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — 2:30 p.m.

Some legal and political observers say federal prosecutors treated former District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray unfairly when they said he was aware of criminal wrongdoing in his 2010 campaign.

Prosecutors announced Wednesday that they don't have enough evidence to charge Gray and are ending their investigation.

In March 2014, a prosecutor said in court that Gray knew about an illegal slush fund that aided his campaign and personally requested a large portion of the funds. Gray lost his bid for re-election three weeks later.

Former federal prosecutor Peter Zeidenberg, now a white-collar defense attorney at the Arent Fox law firm, says prosecutors "oversold the investigation." He says he assumed Gray would be charged shortly after those statements were made.

D.C. Council member Mary Cheh (CHAY) says the government's treatment of Gray was "extremely unethical."

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Former District of Columbia mayor Vincent Gray says he's ready for "the next chapter of my life," which he says will be dedicated to service, now that federal prosecutors have decided not to charge him with a crime.

Gray issued a statement Wednesday saying, "Justice delayed is justice denied, but I cannot change history." The statement was released through his former campaign manager, Chuck Thies. Gray did not specify what form of service he may pursue.

Federal prosecutors said Wednesday they have ended their investigation after nearly five years.

The long-running probe exposed an illegal slush fund that helped Gray get elected in 2010. Six people who were involved in the campaign have pleaded guilty to felonies. But prosecutors were never able to establish that Gray committed a crime or knowingly conspired with his advisers.

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Federal prosecutors have ended their investigation of former Washington mayor Vincent Gray after nearly five years.

The long-running probe exposed an illegal slush fund that helped Gray get elected in 2010. Six people who were involved in the campaign have pleaded guilty to felonies. But prosecutors were never able to establish that Gray committed a crime or knowingly conspired with his advisers.

The U.S. Attorney's Office said in a statement Wednesday that there was insufficient evidence to continue.

The investigation started shortly after Gray took office in 2011 and came to define his only term. It was a major factor in his loss to current Mayor Muriel Bowser in last year's Democratic primary. Prosecutors said in court three weeks before the primary that Gray knew about the illicit funds.