For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Bob Cooper
(208) 334-4112

Date: March 6, 2006

Attorney General Concludes Investigation Of Former Jerome County Deputy Sheriff David Ruggles

(Boise) – Attorney General Lawrence Wasden said today that his office has completed an investigation into the conduct of former Jerome County Deputy Sheriff David Ruggles. Wasden said his office informed Jerome County Prosecuting Attorney Jon Nicholson that the Attorney General’s Office will not file criminal charges against Ruggles.

Nicholson asked the Attorney General to investigate allegations of misconduct by the former deputy.

“Our prosecutorial review of the facts contained in the investigation has led us to the conclusion that there is insufficient admissible and credible evidence to support and prove criminal charges against Mr. Ruggles based upon these allegations and incidents,” Criminal Law Division Chief Stephen A. Bywater wrote in a letter to Nicholson. “Accordingly I am writing to inform you of our decision to decline the case for prosecution by this office. You are of course free to seek review of the matter by other prosecutorial agencies if you wish.”

Bywater also informed Nicholson that the Attorney General’s investigation into alleged misconduct by former Jerome County Deputy Sheriff Jacob Goodrich is continuing.

The Attorney General’s Office has released the records of the Ruggles investigation. Citizens may obtain a copy of the records on compact disc by making a written request addressed to: Public Records Request, Office of the Attorney General, 700 W. State St., P.O. Box 83720, Boise, ID 83720-0010.

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