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Fife Symington earned juror’s respect despite conviction

September 7, 1997

MESA, Ariz. (AP) _ A juror who helped convict Fife Symington of bank fraud doesn’t think the former governor is all that bad.

In fact, she would vote for him if he were able to run for governor again.

``I think he was a good governor and he’s a good man. I think he made some bad choices,″ juror Dotty Carrignan said. ``I think he’s a class act.″

Symington resigned Friday after being convicted Wednesday on seven counts of felony bank and wire fraud. Convicted felons can’t hold public office.

He is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 10 for the convictions that stemmed mostly from his former career as a Phoenix real estate developer.

Symington theoretically faces more than 100 years in prison and millions in fines, but legal experts say it’s more likely he will serve at least 18 months in prison if appeals fail.

``It’s unfortunate that it had to work out the way it did,″ Ms. Carrignan said. ``I pray for him and his family now, and I hope everything works out OK for him.″

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