A federal judge on Thursday ruled prosecutors could not retry three former employees of a firm that advises companies on shareholder votes who were accused of using bribes to learn how a proxy advisory firm’s investor clients voted.
U.S. District Judge Richard Stearns in Boston barred prosecutors from retrying three former employees of Georgeson LLC, a proxy solicitation firm owned by Computershare Ltd , after an earlier trial ended in a mistrial in March.
The ex-employees – Michael Sedlak, Charles Garske and Richard Gottcent – were on trial alongside their colleague Donna Ackerly. All four had pleaded not guilty to wire fraud and honest services wire fraud charges.
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