Apple security exec cleared of bribery charges

A Santa Clara County Superior Court judge has dismissed bribery charges against Apple security executive Thomas Moyer, who was indicted last fall along with County Sheriff’s office executives Undersheriff Rick Sung and Capt. James Jensen for his role in an ongoing case relating to the alleged release of approved concealed-carry gun permits in exchange for the donation of iPads to the Sheriff’s office.

Santa Clara Superior Court Judge Eric Geffon ruled that there was insufficient evidence to support the charges against Moyer in the grand jury indictment, multiple outlets reported this week.

“Based on the evidence, the grand jury could not have reasonably concluded that Moyer had corrupt intent with respect to the donation of iPads to affect the issuance of the CCWs because he did not act to wrongfully gain an advantage,” wrote Judge Geffon in his decision issued Tuesday.

Charges against two officials from the Sheriff’s office including those relating to the exchange of concealed weapons permits for contributions to County Sheriff Laurie Smith’s 2018 political campaign are still pending.
District Attorney Jeff Rosen is maintaining his position, saying in a statement, “We stand by the grand jury’s decision and are evaluating our options.”

“I thank the Court for giving this case such careful consideration, and for allowing me to move forward with my life,” Moyer said. “I also want to thank Apple, my friends and family for their unwavering support.”