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Questions surround donations to Brizzi campaign

Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi

Indianapolis - Questions are being raised over the timing of campaign contributions made to the Marion County prosecutor.

According to our news gathering partners at the Indianapolis Star, Carl Brizzi accepted nearly $30,000 in donations from the father of a woman convicted in a plot to murder her husband. Paula Willoughby was sentenced to 70 years in prison in 1991, but was released after serving just 18 years.

The newspaper reports Brizzi and his chief trial deputy, David Wyser, accepted campaign contributions from Willoughby's father as they negotiated her reduced prison time. Brizzi defended the sentence modification Saturday, saying it was not influenced by campaign donations.

"We've got lawyers making contributions to judges that they're in front of all the time. We have people who make contributions to prosecutors and legislators and businesses, so this is the kind of stuff that happens and, when there's an issue, then the right thing to do is return the contributions, which is what happened in both cases, and move on," Brizzi said.

A law professor told the Indianapolis Star these particular donations raise the appearance that people are buying justice.

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