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Jury to Decide Whether Drugs Were Planted at Banker's Home

Jury to Decide Whether Drugs Were Planted at Banker's Home



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A judge says he'll leave it up to a jury to decide whether or not officers planted drugs in the home of a former bank executive.

Yesterday, the judge ruled in favor of most of the defendants in a lawsuit by Dale Moroni Gibbons over his prosecution on drug and child corruption charges.

But the judge said a jury will have to decide whether two Salt Lake County sheriff's deputies planted methamphetamines in Gibbons' home.

A video shot by officers during the June 2001 search failed to show the drugs in a nightstand drawer, but a photo allegedly taken after the recording does.

Gibbons' legal troubles began 10 days before the search, when his daughter overdosed and called 9-11.

Gibbons' was charged with drug and child-corruption felonies and resigned from his job as Zions Bankcorporation chief financial officer.

A jury acquitted Gibbons in June of 2002.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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