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Court Decision Protects Corrupt Lawmakers

The investigation of a Montana senator is the latest casualty of a recent appellate court ruling that federal prosecutors say will prevent them from pursuing several public corruption cases, many involving politicians bribed by jailed lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Former Republican Senator Conrad Burns was being investigated for abusing his position…

Clinton Donor Tied To Mexican Drug Trade

An influential Democratic donor who has given Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign the federal limit and has been indicted for illegally practicing law, had his offices raided by authorities who say he launders money for Mexican drug cartels. Renowned in ritzy Corpus Christi circles, Mauricio Celis has for years been one…

Voter ID Law Goes To Supreme Court

As the 2008 presidential primaries get going, the Supreme Court will hear a pair of cases next week involving Indiana’s voter identification law and the decision could have a huge national impact. Intended to prevent election fraud, 23 states have enacted laws that require voters to present photo identification to…

Convicted Official Will Stay As Govt. Agency Chair

A Connecticut official convicted for collaborating with a corrupt state treasurer to cheat taxpayers out of hundreds of thousands of dollars will be reelected by fellow Democrats to chair a water commission in which he will oversee a $111 million annual budget. As chairman of the Metropolitan District Commission, a…

Colleges Want Publicly Funded Trips To Terrorist Nations

The board that runs Florida’s public university system wants a federal judge to lift a state law banning the use of taxpayer money to pay for academic trips to nations that sponsor terrorism. The panel has even hired, at taxpayer expense, a high-profile Florida law firm (Holland & Knight) to…

Another Violent Act By “Deported” Alien

In yet another example of the federal government’s negligence in enforcing immigration laws, an illegal alien with an outstanding deportation order violently stabbed his roommate and choked a police dog in Massachusetts. The Brazilian man remained free in the U.S. despite an Immigration and Customs Enforcement order to leave the…

Govt. Open Records Law Finally Strengthened

In one of his final decisions of 2007, President George W. Bush signed a much-needed bill that will help curb the sort of government secrecy that has become a staple of his administration. Overwhelmingly passed by both houses of Congress, the new law will give the public and the media…

Court Buys Convicted Senator’s Ignorance Defense

The only convicted felon to serve in the Florida Legislature actually convinced a state appellate court to overturn a jury’s guilty verdict by claiming he didn’t know state employees were illegally working on his reelection campaign on taxpayer time. Democrat State Senator Gary Siplin was convicted by an Orlando jury…

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