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Hartford councilman investigated by police won't be charged

HARTFORD (AP) -- A Hartford City Council member who resigned in the wake of a police investigation will not face criminal charges. A community group accused Doyle Johnson of reading a possibly fraudulent email at a council meeting, disparaging th...

HARTFORD (AP) - A Hartford City Council member who resigned in the wake of a police investigation will not face criminal charges.

A community group accused Doyle Johnson of reading a possibly fraudulent email at a council meeting, disparaging the group. Falsification of a public record by a public official is punishable by up to a year in jail under state law.

Minnehaha County State's Attorney Aaron McGowan on Thursday said Johnson's alleged actions "do not clearly fall within our criminal statues regarding false entries into a public record." McGowan says he considers the matter closed.

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