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NC Court Judge Convicted Over Text Message Bribes for Cases of Bud Light Beer

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On Friday, Wayne County Judge Arnold O. Jones II was convicted on charges that he tried to bribe a federal agent with two cases of Bud Light to get copies of text messages from the phones of the judge’s wife and another man.

After marrying his wife, the judge began to have doubts about his wife’s fidelity. His concerns led to asking a Sheriff’s deputy to access his wife’s text messages.

The News Observer reports: Jones was accused of texting a Wayne County deputy, who also is a member of an FBI gang task force, to get copies of text messages that were exchanged between two other numbers. The FBI can only obtain such records with a warrant approved by a federal magistrate judge based on suspicion of criminal activity.

Jones initially offered the deputy “a couple of cases” of Bud Light in return for the illegal favor but later agreed to give him $100 in cash during a meeting in a car on Oct. 27, according to local reports.

Several days later, Miller told Jones that he had the information for him on a disk, but in reality the disk was blank, the News Observer reported.

Sentencing is set for Jan. 23.

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