Grand jury declines to indict ex-lawmaker in contribution request |

Grand jury declines to indict ex-lawmaker in contribution request

DENVER – A grand jury report issued Tuesday said a former state lawmaker’s request for $1,400 as “reparations” from a group that backed her election opponent was “reprehensible,” but the panel declined to indict her.Deanna Hanna resigned as a Democratic state senator from Lakewood two months ago after disclosures that she sought the donation from the Colorado Association of Realtors.The Jefferson County grand jury’s report said the panel declined to indict Hanna on charges of bribery or criminal attempt to commit bribery but said her action was “intemperate and inappropriate.”In a written response, Hanna said she would not make excuses and thanked the grand jury for recognizing “my intentions were ‘ill-conceived’ but not sinister.”Neither Hanna nor her attorney immediately returned telephone messages.Hanna announced her resignation on March 8, saying the scandal over her request to the real estate group could hurt Democrats’ chances of maintaining or expanding their one-vote majority in the Senate.The grand jury investigation, which was not previously disclosed, began in late March or early April after complaints by a small number of citizens, district attorney’s spokeswoman Pam Russell said.She said the names of the people who filed the complaint would not be released because no indictment was handed up.Russell said the investigation ended on April 27 but the report was delayed because Hanna had 10 days to respond and because the prosecutor was occupied with a murder case.Hanna was one of three legislators hit by ethics allegations this year.Rep. Joe Stengel, R-Littleton, stepped down as minority leader after a complaint that he had drawn state pay while on vacation. Stengel retained his seat, and the House Ethics Committee later dismissed a formal complaint against him.Lawmakers dismissed a complaint that Rep. Angie Paccione, D-Fort Collins, offered prizes including an introduction on the state House floor for contributions to her congressional campaign.

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