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Key events in case against Puerto Rico ex-governor

Key events in case against Puerto Rico ex-governor

_ June 25, 2007: Anibal Acevedo Vila says U.S. authorities are probing his 2004 campaign for governor and 2000 run for resident commissioner, the territory's nonvoting representative in Congress.
_ Nov. 12, 2007: Acevedo vows to stay in office and fight any criminal charges.
_ March 27, 2008: Authorities charge Acevedo and 12 associates with participating in an illegal scheme to pay off more than $500,000 in campaign debts. He is also accused of accused of not reporting $57,000 worth of suits and nearly $8,000 in foreign family trips on his federal tax returns. The charges carry a potential 20-year sentence.
_ March 28, 2008: Acevedo pleads not guilty.
_ Aug. 19, 2008: A grand jury indicts Acevedo on five new charges including four counts of wire fraud and one of conspiracy to commit money laundering.
_ Nov. 4, 2008: Acevedo loses re-election bid in one of the most lopsided elections in Puerto Rican history.
_ Dec. 1, 2008: A judge dismisses 15 of 24 charges, ruling that U.S. federal prosecutors improperly interpreted election laws.
_ Feb. 9, 2009: Trial begins for Acevedo and Luisa Inclan, his former senior adviser.
_ March 17, 2009: After nearly a month of prosecution testimony, the defense rests without calling a single witness.
_ March 20, 2009: Jury finds Acevedo and Inclan not guilty after nearly four hours of deliberations.