Denver (AP) A federal immigration agent has been acquitted on charges that he got information from a restricted criminal database that ended up in a campaign ad.
Cory Voorhis had been charged with exceeding his authorized access to government computers. He faced up to three years in prison if convicted.
A federal court jury returned a not-guilty verdict today after deliberating two hours.
Prosecutors alleged Voorhis got information about plea deals that Democratic Governor Bill Ritter made with illegal immigrants when he was the Denver district attorney.
The information was used in a campaign ad run by Ritter's opponent in the 2006 gubernatorial race, Republican Congressman Bob Beauprez.
Voorhis' attorneys say he was exercising his first amendment rights.