Former Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith has been found guilty on all six civil counts of corruption and willful misconduct less than one week after retiring.
Smith was on trial over accusations from a 2021 civil grand jury report that the sheriff's office traded concealed carry weapon licenses to campaign donors and that Smith accepted San Jose Sharks tickets without reporting them as gifts.
In a statement on the verdict, acting Sheriff Ken Binder said the sheriff's office respects the jury's decision and intends to move forward.
"The actions of a few people are not a reflection of the great work that our deputies do every day," Binder said. "The men and women of the sheriff's office are looking forward to new beginnings, with the Sheriff election coming up next week."
District Attorney Jeff Rosen echoed Binder's statement and lauded the jury for considering evidence from the district attorney's office's investigation.
"We look forward to working with the next sheriff and all the honest, professional and hardworking men and women of the sheriff's office to serve our community with honor and integrity," Rosen said.
Smith first joined the sheriff's office in 1973 and had served as sheriff for the last 24 years.
She announced earlier this year that she would not seek reelection and originally planned to retire once her term ended in January.