Justice Dept. won't prosecute Salt Lake organizing group



As expected, the U.S. Department of Justice has notified the Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the 2002 Winter Games that it will not be prosecuted for its corporate role in the worst corruption scandal in Olympic history, officials said yesterday.

In a letter dated May 12 that was received Wednesday, the department said it has "no present intention" of seeking an indictment of the nonprofit corporation. It's typically much tougher in court to prove corporate - as opposed to individual - liability for alleged criminal conduct.

The letter pointedly went on to say that the government's decision "is not intended to apply to any present or former officer or employee of SLOC, or to any other entity."

That language distinctly suggests the possibility of future indictments, and the letter itself to SLOC - which clears the decks for further action - signals that the government's long-running investigation is nearing its conclusion.

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