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Associated Press, Published August 08 2013

Prosecutors say ND housing kickback case should be dismissed for now

BISMARCK — Federal prosecutors who accused a man of accepting kickbacks for housing contracts on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation say they want to drop the case but still have the right to refile it if they find more evidence.

A jury in North Dakota last month found Michael Addington not guilty of accepting a bribe by an agent of an organization receiving federal funds. The panel could not reach a verdict on a conspiracy to commit fraud charge. A judge declared a mistrial.

The government says it does not intend to retry the case at this time and has filed a motion to dismiss the second charge without prejudice, which means it could be brought up later for further prosecution.

Addington says the case should be thrown out for good.