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Sheriff Department With Morals

Well known for its great beaches and scenic coastline, north Florida’s Pinellas County is making headlines because the sheriff created a unique rule to clean up unethical behavior among his 3,200 employees. Pinellas County Sheriff Jim Coats will suspend all deputies who get caught cheating on their spouses or sleeping…

Punish Corruption Like A Street Crime

An Illinois federal judge fed up with the rampant corruption in his state, has issued strongly-worded decisions in two separate cases detailing the need to punish public officials for corruption. U.S. District Judge Ruben Castillo called for crooked public officials to face the same prison time as street criminals and…

Clinton Private Investigator Indicted Again

Fresh out of prison after serving a 30-month sentence for possession of explosives, renowned private investigator to the stars and the Clintons, Anthony Pellicano, has been charged with racketeering for paying police officers to get him confidential records and information. Among other things, the indictment says that Pellicano paid bribes…

Corruption Isn’t Just A Washington Thing

The recent lobbyist scandals in Washington may give the impression that corruption is limited to political bigwigs in Congress, but FBI statistics reveal that fraud is widespread in all levels of government, including judges, state legislators and even local municipality clerks. In fact, in the last two years more than…

Border Incursions Rattle Arizonans

A story about the continuing problem of Mexican incursions appeared in today’s Arizona Republic: Ayers remembers hearing the heavy whirl and chop of helicopter blades cutting through the sky above the Tres Bellotas Ranch, a sprawling swath of oak trees and barberry brush right on the U.S.-Mexican border. Even from…

Republicans Elect John Boehner to Replace DeLay

The Republican caucus today elected Rep. John Boehner of Ohio to replace Tom DeLay as Majority Leader of the House. DeLay stepped down from his position in September after his indictment in Texas on campaign-related felony charges. Boehner’s election is seen as as an upset to Roy Blunt (MO) who…

Prosecution Rests in Ryan Corruption Trial

Today, prosecutors in Chicago rested their case against former Governor George Ryan after 18 weeks of witness testimony. Witnesses have told how Ryan got free vacations and other kickbacks in exchange for giving government licenses and contracts to his friends. The defense is now expected to go for several weeks.…

Will House Republicans Vote for Reform?

Today House Republicans will vote for a new Majority Leader to replace Representative Tom DeLay who stepped down weeks ago as a result of his indictment last year and his ethical troubles resulting from connections to corrupt lobbyist Jack Abramoff. The three Republican members of Congress running for Majority Leader…

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