ROME | Rome mayor found not guilty in case of City Hall appointment

ROME | Rome mayor found not guilty in case of City Hall appointment

ROME — Rome’s embattled mayor was found not guilty Saturday of a charge of lying over a City Hall appointment, ending a months-long trial that had threatened her political career.

Mayor Virginia Raggi hugged her lawyers after the judge read the verdict finding no crime had been committed in the appointment of a city tourist official.

Prosecutors alleged she had lied to anti-corruption officials when she insisted the choice of the official — the brother of her top aide at the time — was hers alone.

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