Thursday, November 10, 2005 | A federal judge on Thursday acquitted former City Councilman Michael Zucchet on several of the corruption charges he was found guilty of in July, and a new trial will be set to rehear two counts of honest services wire fraud.

U.S. Judge Jeffrey T. Miller said there wasn’t enough evidence of a “quid pro quo” to convict Zucchet on seven of the nine charges he was convicted of.

While Miller demanded a retrial for two of the charges against Zucchet, the motions of appeal filed for lobbyist Lance Malone and former Councilman Ralph Inzunza were denied. The sentencing hearings for Malone and Inzunza will continue this afternoon.

More on Zucchet to come later.

– ANDREW DONOHUE and EVAN McLAUGHLIN

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