Salt Lake Bribery Officials To Stand Trial In October

Reuters reports that Salt Lake City bid officials Tom Welch and Dave Johnson will stand trial on October 28 on charges of using more than $1 million in bribes to lure the 2002 Winter Olympic Games to Utah.

The trial should reveal that money was spent on Super Bowl tickets, scholarships and other luxuries to convince International Olympic Committee (IOC) officials that Salt Lake City should host the 2002 Games.

Steve Pace, head of a watchdog group called “Utahns for Responsible Public Spending”, told Reuters, “it would be interesting to put the insiders under oath and on the stand and see what they knew and when”.

A pre-trial conference has been set for October 1.

The trial is expected to last three or four weeks.