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« Reply #300 on: August 26, 2013, 11:54:31 AM »

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San Diego Mayor Bob Filner resigns, faces criminal investigation
The city agrees to pay some of his legal expenses in sexual harassment suit. A defiant Filner apologizes to his backers but says he was victimized by 'the hysteria of the lynch mob.'
By Tony Perry and Richard Marosi
August 23, 2013

SAN DIEGO — After six weeks of civic turmoil over his treatment of women, Mayor Bob Filner submitted his resignation Friday, and the City Council approved a deal to pay for some of his expenses from a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by a former aide.

In an emotional and defiant address to the council after the vote was announced, Filner apologized to his victims and supporters but also said he had been victimized by "the hysteria of the lynch mob" caused by politicians and the media once the allegations by some 18 women became public.

"I faced lynch mobs many times when I was younger," Filner said, a reference to his activism in the 1960s as a Freedom Rider in the segregated South when he spent two months in a Mississippi jail.
 
But, Filner added, his voice breaking, "The city should not have been put through this, and my own personal failings were responsible." The resignation is effective Aug. 30.

"This settlement is an end to our civic nightmare and allows this city to begin to heal," said Council President Todd Gloria, one of two council members who negotiated for three days with Filner, his attorneys, and the city attorney to reach the deal.

Within minutes of the council decision, a spokesman for the state attorney general's office confirmed that a criminal investigation into Filner's treatment of women "is underway." Investigators have been interviewing some of the women who have come forward with allegations.

Filner's resignation does not affect the investigation, a source close to the investigation said.

Filner, 70, was elected in November as the city's first Democratic mayor in two decades.

When he entered the council chambers after the vote was announced, his supporters stood and applauded but council members, all of whom had called for Filner to resign, showed no emotion.

He repeated his previous apologies to the city and to the women he has offended. But he also called on the council and his potential successors not to abandon the agenda he brought to the mayor's office: better neighborhood services, respect for city employees and concern for lower-income neighborhoods.

Filner said that his own conduct provided the ammunition for his critics but that "well-organized interests who have run this city for half a century" conspired to run him from office. He singled out politicians and the media for criticism.

He apologized to his ex-fiancee, Bronwyn Ingram, who ended their relationship just days before the first allegations were made against Filner. She said she had caught Filner making dates with other women.

"I love you very much," Filner said to Ingram, who was not present. "You love San Diego as much as I did. I personally apologize for the hurt I caused you."

"Justice has been done," said City Atty. Jan Goldsmith.

The deal approved 7-0 by the council does not resolve the lawsuit filed against Filner and the city by Los Angeles attorney Gloria Allred on behalf of Irene McCormack Jackson, Filner's former director of communications.

Under the agreement, the city will pay $98,000 to Filner's private attorneys. The city will also defend Filner against the Jackson lawsuit and pay any damages that result from a court decision or an out-of-court settlement.

Council members insisted that even though the deal obligates the city to assist Filner financially in fighting the lawsuit, it is in the best interests of the taxpayers because it may limit any damages the city might face from her case.

Even as he apologized, Filner remained defiant, blasting the council's decision to pay some of his legal fees only if he resigned. "I cannot afford to continue this battle," he said, "even though if I did I know I would be vindicated."

His conduct, he said, was due to awkwardness and thoughtlessness but not an intention to harass or abuse women.

The council now must call an election to be held within 90 days to find a successor. In the interim, Gloria will assume greater authority but not the full powers of the "strong mayor" adopted by voters in 2004.

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« Reply #301 on: September 10, 2013, 10:39:20 AM »

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13 Democrats Charged With Embezzling $16 Million In Federal Grants For AIDS Charities And Other Needy Programs! Rev. Wright Daughter Among Those Charged

Daughter of Reverend “God Damn America” Wright and 12 other Democrats are charged with embezzling $16 million in Federal health grants that should have gone to AIDS charities and other programs for the poor and needy.

More than one of the defendants has direct ties to President Barack Obama. The Sun Times details the charges.

Thirteen people have been charged so far, six who have pleaded guilty.

Two of them have ties to President Barack Obama. One is the daughter of his controversial former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Another was chief of staff to Obama’s longtime friend Eric E. Whitaker when Whitaker was Illinois’ public health chief.

They allegedly stole from AIDS charities and job training programs among other funds of cash meant to help the poor and needy.

Defendant: Jeri L. Wright, daughter of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright

Charges: Money laundering and making a false statement before a grand jury

Details: Wright, described as a “close associate and friend” of Regina and Ronald Evans, is accused of aiding the Evanses in their money-laundering scheme.

Another defendant has close ties to one of Obama’s closest and oldest political mentors, Danny Davis:

Defendant: Quinshaunta R. Golden, former Illinois Department of Public Health chief of staff

Charges: Bribery/theft, mail fraud and obstruction of justice

Details: Golden, a niece of U.S. Rep. Danny K. Davis (D-Ill.), is accused of pocketing about $433,000 in kickbacks on health department contracts and grants that she oversaw.

These and other Dems are accused of stealing the money for personal use including mortgage and credit-card payments, vacation home payments, and in one case, a Mercedes-Benz, a Cadillac and a fur coat.

Thank god the Democrats are taking over the entire health care system country wide! They’re so trustworthy.

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« Reply #302 on: September 10, 2013, 12:19:07 PM »

Democrats.

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« Reply #303 on: October 10, 2013, 12:44:52 PM »

Ex-Detroit Mayor Kilpatrick gets 28 years in prison
By Ross Levitt, CNN
updated 2:29 PM EDT, Thu October 10, 2013
 
(CNN) -- Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick on Thursday was sentenced to 28 years in prison after he was convicted in March of two dozen federal charges.

The charges include racketeering, extortion and the filing of false tax returns. He was accused of using the mayor's office to enrich himself and associates.

Before he was sentenced, Kilpatrick apologized in court Thursday morning.

"I say with every morsel of my being that I'm sorry to you," he said.

Judge Nancy G. Edmunds noted the apology and said that he was showing "more awareness than I have seen along the way."

But she said "a long prison sentence is necessary to insulate the public from his behavior."

"That way of business is over. We're done. We're moving forward," she said.

Kilpatrick, Detroit's mayor from 2002 until he resigned in 2008, was the biggest target of a years-long Detroit City Hall corruption investigation that led to the convictions of two dozen people, including several of his closest friends and former City Councilwoman Monica Conyers, the wife of U.S. Rep. John Conyers.

Federal prosecutors alleged that Kilpatrick ran a criminal enterprise through the mayor's office to enrich himself through bid rigging and extortion, and using nonprofit funds for personal gain.

At the heart of the scheme was corruption in municipal contracting, mostly centering on the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department, said

Barbara McQuade, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan.

Edmunds said that in the sentencing, she was not holding Kilpatrick responsible for the city's bankruptcy of this year, saying that was due to wider factors. But then she cited a litany of effects of his crimes, including loss of public trust and honest contractors being turned away.

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Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler regularly ordered state troopers assigned to drive him to turn on the lights and sirens on the way to routine appointments, directing them to speed, run red lights and bypass traffic jams by using the shoulder, according to written accounts by the Maryland State Police.

When troopers refused to activate the emergency equipment, Gansler, now a Democratic candidate for governor, often flipped the switches himself, according to the police accounts. And on occasion, he became so impatient that he insisted on driving, directing the trooper to the passenger’s seat. Gansler once ran four red lights with sirens blaring, a trooper wrote. Another account said he “brags” about driving the vehicle unaccompanied on weekends with the sirens on.

“This extremely irresponsible behavior is non-stop and occurs on a daily basis,” Lt. Charles Ardolini, commander of the state police executive protection section, wrote in a December 2011 memo that said the problem had existed for five years. “Attorney General Gansler has consistently acted in a way that disregards public safety, our Troopers safety and even the law.”

In a statement issued Saturday afternoon, Gansler said the portrait that emerges from the state police memos and e-mails obtained by The Washington Post under the Maryland Public Information Act is untrue. A spokesman for the attorney general said long-running animosity between Gansler and Ardolini was partly responsible.

“The picture being painted by these documents is not an accurate reflection of reality,” said Gansler, a former Montgomery County state’s attorney who was first elected attorney general in 2006. “I deeply respect the troopers and job they do protecting me and the public. A few of the 18 troopers who have provided me protection felt my backseat driving made them uncomfortable — for that I apologize.”

The troopers’ complaints were summarized by Ardolini in the December 2011 memo to his superior, which led to a meeting between Gansler and the leader of the state police. Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) was briefed, aides said, and authorized the police to take whatever corrective action they deemed necessary, including revoking Gansler’s transportation services.

Bob Wheelock, a spokesman for Gansler, said that the SUV used to transport Gansler is owned by the attorney general’s office and that Gansler is free to drive it whenever he wants. Wheelock also denied that Gansler had ever driven the vehicle with lights and sirens on or that he had turned them on when troopers were driving.

Any suggestions made by Gansler about how the troopers should drive, Wheelock said, were no more than that — suggestions that they were free to ignore. State police report to the governor, not Gansler, a separately elected official, with no direct authority over the troopers assigned to him.

The late 2011 meeting between Gansler and Col. Marcus L. Brown, the superintendent of state police, was arranged by a senior aide to O’Malley, who was concerned about safety issues surrounding Gansler’s travels, an aide to the governor said. (O’Malley has endorsed Gansler’s chief rival in next year’s Democratic primary, Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown.)

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« Reply #305 on: October 14, 2013, 12:15:18 PM »

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« Reply #306 on: October 15, 2013, 10:39:46 AM »

Former San Diego Mayor Filner Pleads Guilty to 3 Crimes
Tuesday, 15 Oct 2013

Former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner has pleaded guilty to felony false imprisonment and two misdemeanor counts of battery.

The plea came Tuesday in Superior Court, weeks after Filner was forced to resign over claims of sexual harassment by numerous women.

The victims in the case were only identified as Jane Does.

The judge says the maximum sentence is three years in prison for the felony and one year for each misdemeanor, and may be served concurrently.

Sentencing is set for Dec. 9.

The felony count alleges false imprisonment "by violence, fraud, menace and deceit" but does not elaborate on the circumstances.

Filner, 71, resigned in late August, succumbing to intense pressure after at least 17 women brought lurid sexual harassment allegations against the former 10-term congressman. He had been on the job less than nine months into a four-year term and was San Diego's first Democratic mayor in 20 years.
San Diego County sheriff's investigators had been interviewing Filner's accusers and said they would deliver their findings to the attorney general's office for possible prosecution. The state attorney general's office confirmed in August that it launched a criminal investigation.

Filner's former communications director, Irene McCormack Jackson, was the first woman to go public with allegations against Filner and filed a lawsuit against the mayor and the city, claiming her ex-boss asked her to work without panties, demanded kisses, told her he wanted to see her naked and dragged her in a headlock while whispering in her ear.
All nine City Council members as well as fellow Democrats called upon Filner to resign. A recall effort also was launched as more allegations surfaced.

But in a defiant farewell speech, Filner said he was the victim of a lynch mob and believed he would be vindicated if due process was allowed to run its course.

In exchange for his resignation, the city agreed to pay Filner's legal fees in a joint defense of the lawsuit, and cover any settlement costs assessed against the mayor except for punitive damages. The city — as required by state law — will also defend Filner against legal actions stemming from other alleged sexual harassment said to have occurred during his nine months in office as mayor.

City Attorney Jan Goldsmith said, however, the city will not represent Filner in any criminal case.

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« Reply #307 on: October 22, 2013, 09:50:11 AM »

Former Joe Garcia staffer admits wrongdoing
Posted: Yesterday at 5:40 pm EDT

MIAMI (WSVN) -- A South Florida congressman's former chief of staff received hugs and kisses from crying family members as he begins his first of 90 days behind bars.

Jeffrey Garcia surrendered himself in court, Monday, after pleading guilty to illegally requesting hundreds of absentee ballots on behalf of voters during the 2012 election. "It's not about pure intent, it's whether there was attempt to steal somebody's vote, and they definitely did not do that, and there was no such intent," said Garcia's attorney, Henry Bell.

In all, Garcia pled guilty to one felony charge and three misdemeanors. Garcia could have faced up to eight years in prison. "He only said that he never intended and never did," said Bell. "I think the facts show he actually didn't manipulate anybody's vote, interfere with anybody's ballot. All they did was request the ballots. The way they did it was in violation of the applicable statutes, and that's it."

A professional political operative, Garcia, ran the campaign for representative Joe Garcia-- no relation between the two but long-time personal friends.

The freshman congressman was in office since January and released a statement: "It is painful to watch a friend go through this very difficult ordeal. As we all move past this investigation, it must be noted that while these actions were wrong. No ballots were touched or manipulated in anyway, and no voter had their votes interfered with or impeded in any way."

Once he's released from jail, the former chief of staff will have to serve 18 months probation, including 90 days on house arrest. "This is just the final step in the process with the state in doing what Jeff set out to do when this became public, which was accept responsibility for what he did, put this behind him and move on," said Bell.

During the length of his sentence, including probation, he will be prohibited from participating in politics.

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« Reply #309 on: October 29, 2013, 03:41:46 PM »

Ex-congressman reports to North Carolina prison
By Michael Tarm
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POSTED: 08:22 a.m. HST, Oct 29, 2013
LAST UPDATED: 08:25 a.m. HST, Oct 29, 2013

CHICAGO » Former Illinois U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. has entered a North Carolina federal prison at least several days early to begin serving a 2 1/2-year prison term for misusing campaign funds, a prison official said today.

The 48-year-old Chicago Democrat was in federal custody as of this morning as Inmate No. 32451-016, according to Bureau of Prisons spokesman Chris Burke. He declined to offer details, including exactly when the son of civil rights leader, The Rev. Jesse Jackson, had initially shown up at the prison.

Court documents were never clear about when Jackson must report. In her sentencing order written earlier this year, U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson in Washington said only that he would have "to surrender for service of sentence no earlier than Nov. 1, 2013."

But by not announcing in advance when he'd report, Jackson avoided the crush of media that swirled around other prison-bound Illinois politicians, including ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Helicopters hovered above and cars filled with journalists trailed Blagojevich as he reported to a Colorado prison last year to serve a 14-year term for corruption.

Jackson, who pleaded guilty in February to conspiring to spend $750,000 in campaign funds on furs, cigars, celebrity memorability and other personal items, reported to Butner Correctional Center near Raleigh, N.C., said Ed Ross, another prison spokesman.

Federal prison guidelines indicate the former legislator with a fondness for luxury will be assigned a cell — possibly sharing a room with other convicts — and a menial job working for less than a dollar an hour.

Jackson's wife, Sandi, was given a yearlong sentence for filing false tax returns. In a concession to their two school-aged children, the judge allowed the Jacksons to stagger their sentences.

Jackson used campaign money to buy a $43,350 gold-plated, men's Rolex watch and $9,587.64 on children's furniture, according to court papers filed in the case. His wife spent $5,150 on fur capes and parkas, according to court documents.

Jackson asked to serve his time in Alabama, while his wife's attorney said she'd prefer a Florida prison. The U.S. Bureau of Prisons decided where Jackson is serving his term.

Jackson, who was once seen as a rising star in the Democratic Party in Illinois, represented his Chicago-area constituents in the House from 1995 until he resigned last November. He stepped down following months of speculation about his health and legal problems.

A joint filing last week from defense lawyers and prosecutors indicated Jackson plans to sell his home in Washington, D.C., to help pay a $750,000 forfeiture judgment. It also said the cash-strapped Jackson would need more time to come up with money to pay the judgment.

One high-profile bid in which Jesse Jackson tried to raise money has already fallen through. A September online auction organized by the U.S. Marshals Service to sell part of his celebrity memorabilia collection was cancelled after a few days when someone questioned the authenticity of a guitar purportedly signed by Michael Jackson and Eddie Van Halen. The ex-congressman had paid $4,000 in campaign funds for it.

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Ex-US Rep. Rick Renzi Gets 3-Year Prison Term

TUCSON, Ariz. October 28, 2013 (AP)
By BOB CHRISTIE Associated Press
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A federal judge on Monday sentenced former U.S. Rep. Rick Renzi to three years in prison for convictions on public corruption, money laundering and other charges, capping a corruption case prosecutors said began more than a decade ago.

U.S. District Judge David C. Bury also sentenced Renzi co-defendant James Sandlin to 18 months in prison, and ordered both men to pay fines. They are to begin their prison terms in January.

"I'm not wise enough to know why good people do bad things — I think character and avarice have something to do with it," Bury said. "That's what happened here. Two good men committed bad acts."

Renzi, a Republican, represented Arizona's sprawling 1st Congressional District from early 2003 until early 2009. He chose not to run for re-election in 2008 while facing the federal indictment.

A federal jury in Tucson convicted him in June on 17 of 32 counts, including wire fraud, conspiracy, extortion, racketeering, money laundering and making false statements to insurance regulators. He was acquitted on the remaining counts.

Prosecutors said Renzi, 55, now of Burke, Va., looted a family insurance business to help pay for his 2002 campaign.

He was not convicted of illegally using money from his insurance firm, but was convicted of filing false statement with regulators after failing to use premiums collected from nonprofit groups to buy policies.

The indictment also charged that Renzi, while in office in 2005, held hostage possible parcel swaps involving public land proposed as the site for an Arizona copper mine unless it included purchasing private land owned by Sandlin, a former Renzi business associate.

According to the indictment, an investment group agreed to pay $4.6 million for Sandlin's land. He then paid Renzi $733,000 for his help.

The U.S. Probation Office recommended that Renzi be sentenced to 33 months in federal prison, but prosecutors wanted up to 12 years.

Bury said his calculations on federal sentencing guidelines came up with a range of 8 to 10 years but that he had a hard time handing down that long a sentence.

"I have serious reservations as to whether or not they reflect the offense in the case, or the offenses in the case," Bury said of the guidelines.

The defenses asked for probation.

Renzi's lawyer told Bury that Renzi's motives were pure when he tried to arrange a swap of land his ex-business partner, Sandlin, owned that would help reduce water use in Cochise County. Attorney Chris Niewoehner said in essence Renzi failed to disclose a conflict of interest and said the insurance convictions came from paperwork issues that led to no losses to insurers or clients.

Prosecutors said Renzi abused his office for personal gain, and asked Bury to remember that 535 members of Congress were watching the results of Monday's sentencing and he needed to send a message that corruption is dealt with harshly.

"Mr. Renzi leaned on his constituents to line his own pockets," federal prosecutor David Harbach II told the judge. To call his crime 'a failure to disclose' "is a massive understatement of what went on here."

Renzi, who declined to comment after sentencing other than vowing to keep fighting, also minimized his crimes while addressing the judge.

"I want to ask forgiveness for what I put you through," Renzi told Bury, adding his apologies to his lawyers, the prosecutors and the jury that convicted him. "I should have done more to communicate my relationship with Mr. Sandlin and done a better job managing my insurance business."

Sandlin, 62, of Sherman, Texas, was convicted on 13 counts including conspiracy, wire fraud, extortion and money laundering.

Renzi and his wife have 12 children, and his oldest son, Ron, tearfully asked Bury to spare his father prison. He said Rick Renzi had taken friends who didn't have strong families in "like they were his own."

"He's been our hero," Ron Renzi said. "There's no one like him."

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« Reply #311 on: October 29, 2013, 04:15:04 PM »

http://www.wwlp.com/news/massachusetts/voter-fraud-victim-reacts-to-sentence

Finally found some of that elusive voter fraud
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Villamaino will serve 4 months in prison - Jack Villamaino was sentenced to 1 year in jail


 
By    Laura Hutchinson, 22News Investigative Reporter

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Enrico "Jack" Villamaino learned his fate Wednesday morning after pleading guilty to voter fraud on Monday. He will spend at least the next 4 months in jail.

Former East Longmeadow Selectman Jack Villamaino showed no emotion as he was sentenced to four months in jail. It could be even longer if he violates his probation once he's released.

His record will also indicate he has a felony conviction, something his lawyer tried hard to stop after District Attorney Mark Mastroianni pushed for it.

"This affected a lot of people, it affected the integrity of the voting system, the crime is very serious because it doesn't just affect the named people involved but it affects the community in general," Mastroianni said.

Villamaino pleaded guilty to voter fraud charges Monday. He admitted to changing the party affiliations and requesting absentee ballots of nearly 300 people in East Longmeadow, a move that could have improved his chances of winning the Republican Primary for State Representative.

"For someone to forge your name and take something that's very precious away from you is very disconcerting," said East Longmeadow's Patricia Ryan.

Ryan was one of those directly affected and told the judge in court Monday how it made her feel. She says she was angry by what he did and feels the sentence fits the crime.

"I just hope that while he is incarcerated, he won't be influenced by bad behavior and that he can kind of come out and turn his life around," Ryan said.

Villamaino's alleged accomplice, and now wife, Courtney Llewelyn did not plead guilty. Her next court date is scheduled for the end of August.

Villamaino's defense attorney who was not available for an on-camera comment says he's disappointed Villamaino will have a felony conviction on his record. He thinks it was unfair for a 35-year-old with no prior conviction.
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Ex-San Diego Mayor Bob Filner sentenced to home confinement, fines
By Josh Levs and David Simpson, CNN
updated 12:55 PM EST, Mon December 9, 2013

(CNN) -- Former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner was sentenced Monday to 90 days in home confinement, three years probation, and a series of fines totaling about $1500 as part of a plea deal.

The 71-year-old pleaded guilty in October to kissing or grabbing three women at campaign events or at City Hall -- one a felony false imprisonment charge, the other two misdemeanor battery charges.

The three women were among 19 who accused him of offensive behavior during his tenure as mayor and as a congressman.
Filner will not serve prison time.

GPS monitoring will track his whereabouts during his confinement. He'll be allowed to go out for medical and therapy appointments, religious services, and meetings tied to his probation. He'll also be allowed to leave his apartment but stay within the apartment complex.

"I want to apologize to my family who have stood by me during this ordeal, to my loyal staff and supporters, to the citizens of San Diego, and most sincerely to the women I have hurt and offended," Filner said in prepared remarks at the start of the hearing.

"To all of you I make the same promise I made to my family: to earn back your trust and my integrity no matter how long it takes and no matter what I have to do. I've already started on my path and I am grateful to all those who are helping me."

But the prosecution said Filner's behavior harmed the women and the city. Referring to the three women as Jane Does 1, 2, and 3, the state said Filner humiliated, scared, embarrassed, sexualized and devalued them.

Prosecutors also noted that after taking part in two weeks of treatment earlier this year, Filner still denied his crimes "and insisted that he was the victim of a lynch mob."

Filner's attorneys said they did not dispute any of the facts stated by the prosecution.

The felony charge said Filner used force to restrain a woman at a fund-raising event March 6. The misdemeanor charges say he kissed a woman on the lips without her consent at City Hall on April 6 and grabbed a woman's buttock after she asked to have her picture taken with him at a rally on May 25.

Filner was elected mayor in November 2012 after serving in Congress for 20 years.

After veering between contrition and defiance, he resigned August 30. He offered a "deep apology" but also said he was the victim of the "hysteria of a lynch mob."

Under the plea deal, which was announced in October, Filner would be prohibited from ever seeking or holding public office again, the attorney general's office said. Filner also would not be able to vote, serve on a jury or own a firearm while on probation.

Filner also will have to give up pension credit for his time in the mayor's office after March 6, the date of the first offense.

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1st witness says he bribed ex-New Orleans mayor
Jan. 30, 2014

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A former city contractor testified Thursday that he and his partners paid $60,000 in bribes sought by former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin and Nagin's sons and, in return, began getting work from the city that eventually totaled more than $2.6 million.

Rodney Williams was the first witness called Thursday in the federal corruption trial of Nagin, who served as mayor from 2002-2010. He said he was first approached by Nagin's two sons, and later by Nagin himself, about paying the money to help support the Nagin's family-owned granite company.

"The mayor told me he was tapped out and didn't have any additional money to put into the company and he appreciated me putting up the money that his sons had requested," said Williams, who earlier said he had made campaign contributions and taken Nagin on a fishing trip in hopes of winning city business, with no results.

Williams, in a deal with prosecutors, pleaded guilty in December 2012 to a conspiracy charge. He is awaiting sentencing and said on the stand that he faces up to 37 months in prison. He faces cross-examination from defense lawyers on Friday.

Williams' testimony followed opening statements in which prosecutors said corruption flourished under Nagin. They alleged that the former mayor received money, free vacation travel and free granite for his family business— bribes worth more than $500,000 — for helping contractors receive millions of dollars' worth of city work.

"Corruption was alive and well in this building," Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew Coman told jurors Thursday afternoon as a picture of New Orleans City Hall flashed on a screen behind him.

Defense lawyer Robert Jenkins countered that the work in question was awarded by public bid or through contracts in which committees played a role in selection. He promised email evidence to prove Nagin's innocence. And he said the federal case is built on the testimony of witnesses who are not credible because of their own criminal activity and the deals they made with the federal government.

"They all have baggage. All of them," Jenkins said, attacking the credibility of possible witnesses including businessman Frank Fradella, Nagin's former technology chief, Greg Meffert, and Meffert's, wife, Linda.

Nagin, a Democrat who was mayor when Hurricane Katrina stuck in 2005, served two terms before leaving office five years later. He was living in a Dallas suburb when a federal grand jury indicted him a year ago.

Opening statements came after U.S. District Judge Helen Berrigan swore in 12 jurors and four alternates for the trial in which Nagin faces 21 criminal counts. Charges include bribery, money laundering, conspiracy and filing false tax returns.

The trial began Monday with jury selection. A blast of winter weather in south Louisiana prompted cancellation of proceedings Tuesday and Wednesday.

The case resulted from a federal investigation that already has resulted in several convictions or guilty pleas by former Nagin associates, some of whom are potential witnesses in the trial.

Nagin's 21-count indictment accuses him of accepting more than $160,000 in bribes and truckloads of free granite for his family business in exchange for promoting the interests of Fradella. Nagin also was charged with accepting payoffs from Williams for his help in securing city contracts.

The indictment claims Nagin received free private jet and limousine services to New York from an unidentified businessman who owned a New Orleans movie theater, identified in court Thursday as George Solomon Jr.

Nagin agreed to waive tax penalties the businessman owed to the city on a delinquent tax bill in 2006, prosecutors said.

From several city contractors, Nagin is accused of accepting free travel and vacation expenses for trips to Hawaii, Chicago, Las Vegas and Jamaica while in office.

Prosecutors also said Nagin accepted monthly payoffs from Fradella totaling $112,250 after he left office.

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Nagin, Former New Orleans Mayor, Guilty of Corruption Charges
Former Mayor C. Ray Nagin of New Orleans was found guilty on Wednesday of accepting payoffs for city contracts, becoming the first leader in the city’s history to be charged and convicted of corruption.
The jury deliberated for about six and a half hours in total before finding Mr. Nagin, 57, the Democratic mayor for two terms and the face of the city’s leadership during the Hurricane Katrina disaster, guilty in 20 of the 21 counts against him.

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« Reply #315 on: February 12, 2014, 02:18:09 PM »

That is two big city mayors/former mayors convicted of crimes in just the past few months (Filner and Nagin).
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« Reply #316 on: February 13, 2014, 08:54:28 PM »

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« Reply #317 on: February 18, 2014, 03:40:13 PM »

Former US congressman Melvin Jay Reynolds arrested in Zimbabwe
Published February 18, 2014
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HARARE, Zimbabwe –  Former U.S. Rep. Melvin Jay Reynolds, a once rising star in the Democratic Party who resigned from his seat after he was convicted of statutory rape, has been arrested in Zimbabwe on suspicion of possessing pornography, as well as on an immigration offense.

An immigration official told The Associated Press the 62-year-old former congressman from Illinois is in custody and is expected to appear in court. The Herald, a state-run newspaper in Zimbabwe, reported Reynolds was arrested Monday at a Harare hotel after he brought several Zimbabwean models and other women to his hotel room and took photos and videos.

As Reynolds was being escorted to a government vehicle, he demanded that officials give him his mobile phone and laptop computer, according to a reporter for the newspaper who arrived at the hotel as the arrest was taking place.

Reynolds complained that he was not expecting such treatment when he had brought investors to the country, according to the newspaper. He said he had been to Zimbabwe 17 times and had called for U.S. sanctions to be dropped against President Robert Mugabe and his top associates. Reynolds also has accumulated hotel bills worth $24,500 which he has not yet paid, according to The Herald.

This is the latest of several legal problems for Reynolds, who once was a Rhodes scholar. Reynolds resigned from his congressional seat in 1995 after he was convicted of 12 counts of statutory rape, obstruction of justice and solicitation of child pornography. While in prison he was also convicted of bank and campaign fraud. He was in jail until his sentence was commuted by President Bill Clinton in January 2001.

Regarding Reynolds' new arrest in Zimbabwe, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Embassy, Karen Kelley, said the embassy could not comment as it was a private matter and the embassy did not have a privacy waiver.

Reynolds could face up to two years' imprisonment or a hefty fine if found guilty of possessing pornographic material; he also could face deportation for breaching Zimbabwean immigration laws. It is illegal in Zimbabwe to possess any material of a sexual nature.

Before his arrest, Reynolds had gained prominence in Zimbabwe for being involved in attracting investment for the $145 million construction of a Hilton Hotel and office complex in Harare, reported The Herald. Construction is expected to begin in April and be finished in 2016, said the newspaper.

He toured the construction site back then in the company of government ministers Walter Mzembi, Webster Shamu and Ignatius Chombo, and businessman Mr Farai Jere, according to the paper.

A Harvard graduate, Reynolds unseated U.S. Rep. Gus Savage in 1992, two years after a House ethics committee determined that during an official trip to Africa Savage had made improper sexual advances to a female Peace Corps volunteer.

Savage’s woes marked the beginning of decades of ethics issues for Illinois’ 2nd Congressional District, as Reynolds and his successor Jesse Jackson Jr. both resigned in disgrace.

In fact, Reynolds tried to resurrect his political career by running for his old seat after it was vacated by Jackson. Jackson resigned from office and pleaded guilty to misusing campaign funds on personal items and is now serving a 2 1/2-year prison term.

Announcing his run in late 2012, Reynolds, who said he had his own consulting firm and some business in Africa, campaigned with posters that proclaimed "Redemption."

Reynolds was never really considered a serious candidate and that run ended in defeat, as did a 2004 run when he received just 6 percent of the vote in the Democratic primary.

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Wife says Alan Grayson shoved her during domestic incident
By Jeff Weiner, Orlando Sentinel
3:30 pm, March 4, 2014

A judge has granted a temporary protective injunction against U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson after his wife filed paperwork accusing the Orlando congressman of shoving and injuring her during an incident this past weekend.

Lolita Grayson's petition for the injunction, dated Monday, says her husband pushed her against a door, causing her to fall to the ground, during a confrontation Saturday at their home on Oak Park Road near Windermere.

In a statement, Alan Grayson's press secretary, Lauren Doney, wrote that the allegations "are absolutely false, completely unfounded, and clearly designed to vilify and harm Congressman Grayson."

"Congressman Grayson firmly denies Ms. Grayson's frivolous accusations," the statement said.

The incident comes just less than two months after Lolita Grayson filed a divorce petition stating that their marriage of nearly 24 years was "irretrievably broken."

Asked about the incident, Orange County Sheriff's Office Capt. Angelo Nieves said in a written response that the agency "is currently conducting a Domestic Violence investigation which is open and active at this point."

A heavily redacted Sheriff's Office document released Tuesday identified Lolita Grayson as the victim in the incident and listed the offense under investigation as domestic-violence battery.

Grayson was not arrested in the incident and is not currently facing any criminal charges.

According to the petition, Lolita Grayson was preparing to take the couple's two youngest children to a play date when Alan Grayson "showed up, unannounced" and asked to speak with her inside.

After she refused, retrieved his mail and asked him to leave, Alan Grayson "then deliberately and with force pushed [Lolita Grayson] very hard against the front door, causing [her] to fall to the ground as a result," the petition states.

She told her husband not to touch her, then pushed him in the face and kneed him in the stomach "in order to protect and defend herself" before calling 911, her petition says.

As she was talking to the operator, Alan Grayson told his wife, in the presence of their children, that she "would receive nothing" in their divorce and would be left "in the gutter," the petition states.

Photos filed by Lolita Grayson's attorneys with the petition show large bruises to her left leg and left shoulder.

Her complaint alleges that "from time to time" in the past, her husband "has battered [her] and the parties' minor children," though she has not previously sought an injunction against him.

The petition says she now fears for her safety, citing the latest incident and his "history of physical violence toward" her.

In the statement released by his office, Alan Grayson said his wife initiated the violence.

"Sadly, it was Ms. Grayson who physically attacked the Congressman as he attempted to visit with his children. He did not respond to Ms. Grayson's violent assault," the statement said.

It added that Lolita Grayson has become "increasingly erratic" since filing for divorce, and her husband "is deeply concerned by her recent behavior and is profoundly pained by her accusations."

Juan Lopez, the congressman's director of constituent services, told the Orlando Sentinel on Tuesday that he was present at the Grayson home Saturday and watched the incident from about 15 feet away.

Lopez said Alan Grayson never shoved or struck his wife: "Absolutely not .... It's just unfortunate that this is happening and that she would say something like this."

Lolita Grayson filed for divorce in January, seeking joint, but primary, custody of their four minor children. She was also seeking their marital home — where Saturday's incident occurred — distribution of assets, alimony and child support.

In response to her petition, an Orange County circuit judge signed an injunction granting Lolita Grayson temporary custody of their children and possession of the home, and barring contact by her husband. Judges typically grant temporary injunctions in domestic-violence cases until both parties appear in court.

Alan Grayson, a Democrat, represents Florida's 9th Congressional District, an area that covers much of eastern Orange County, Osceola County and a sliver of Polk County.

He was first elected in 2008, lost re-election in 2010 and then won again in the newly formed district in 2012. He is seeking re-election this year, facing challenges from a Democrat, several Republicans and an independent.

The injunction signed Monday will remain in effect at least until a scheduled appearance before a judge March 20.

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Mayor of Charlotte arrested on public corruption charges
Published March 26, 2014
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The mayor of Charlotte, N.C. -- the state's largest city and the site of the 2012 Democratic National Convention -- was arrested Wednesday on public corruption charges and accused of taking bribes after an FBI sting.

Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon, a 47-year-old Democrat, is facing theft and bribery charges, U.S. Attorney Anne Tompkins said. Cannon is accused of soliciting and accepting bribes from undercover FBI agents posing as real estate developers who wanted to do business in Charlotte.

According to the U.S. attorney's office, the FBI first learned that he may have been involved in illegal activities years ago and started an investigation in 2010.

During the course of that probe, the mayor allegedly accepted bribes from undercover FBI agents on five separate occasions, in exchange for access to city officials responsible for planning, zoning and permitting.

A criminal complaint said Cannon is accused of soliciting and accepting more than $48,000 in cash, airline tickets, a hotel room and the use of a luxury apartment as bribes.

During the last encounter, according to the U.S. attorney's office, he accepted $20,000 in cash.

If convicted on all the charges, he faces 20 years in prison and more than $1 million in fines.

Cannon was elected mayor in November, replacing Anthony Foxx. Foxx was named Transportation Secretary by President Obama.

Cannon was first elected to City Council in 1993. He is also longtime radio show host who discusses local and national politics. In November, he defeated Republican challenger Edwin Peacock.

Cannon was also accused of accepting $12,500 from an undercover agent to help him develop a feminine hygiene product called "Hers" to be marketed and sold in the United States. In exchange, Cannon offered to help the undercover agent -- posing as a business manager for a venture capital company -- get the necessary permits to open a nightclub.

During the meeting, an undercover agent told Cannon: "You know, again whatever you can do to get our application moved up towards the top, uh, business license and things like that, that we need."

According to the complaint, Cannon responded: "Yeah, not a problem."

In a separate case, federal agents on Wednesday also arrested a California state senator during a series of raids in Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area.

FBI spokesman Peter Lee confirmed the arrest of State Sen. Leland Yee, but declined to discuss the charges, citing an ongoing investigation.

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« Reply #320 on: March 26, 2014, 06:19:46 PM »

Missed one from January.

State Sen. Roderick Wright found guilty of perjury, voter fraud
A jury finds that the Democrat lied about his address on voter registration and candidacy papers in 2007 and 2008 and voted fraudulently in five elections. He could get more than eight years in prison.
By Jean Merl
January 28, 2014, 7:38 p.m.

A Los Angeles jury Tuesday found state Sen. Roderick D. Wright, a fixture in area Democratic politics, guilty on eight felony counts of perjury and voter fraud.

Prosecutors said Wright, the first member of the Legislature to be convicted of a felony since the Shrimpscam sting of the 1990s, could face more than eight years behind bars and be banned for life from holding other elective office. It is unclear whether he must forfeit his Senate seat.

The lawmaker, who sat with his head bowed as a criminal courts clerk read the verdicts, had no comment. But his attorney said they would appeal. Judge Kathleen Kennedy set sentencing for March 12.

Also
State Sen. Wright says he believed he was following election law
State Sen. Wright says he believed he was following election law
State senator's renter suggests he did not live in Inglewood home
State senator's renter suggests he did not live in Inglewood home

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Voter fraud case: An article in the Jan. 29 LATExtra section about the conviction of state Sen. Roderick D. Wright on perjury and voter fraud charges included a reference to Wright's "common-law stepmother." The state of California does not recognize common-law marriages. A reference to "common-law stepmother" was also included in an article about Wright's case in the Jan. 27 LATExtra section. —
Wright, who was indicted by a county grand jury in September 2010, remains free on $45,000 bail.

Under the state Constitution, a lawmaker can be expelled from the Legislature on a two-thirds vote of his or her house. In some cases, legislators have resigned voluntarily.

The last one to quit under such a cloud was then-state Sen. Frank Hill (R-Whittier), who departed in 1994 after being found guilty of extortion, money laundering and conspiracy in a corruption sting known as Shrimpscam, according to Senate Secretary Greg Schmidt.

In 2006, U.S. Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R-Rancho Santa Fe), resigned his office after pleading guilty to taking bribes and evading taxes. He was given an eight-year, four-month prison term.

California law requires that candidates for the state Legislature live in the district they seek to represent when they take out papers to run.

Wright's racially diverse jury of nine women and three men deliberated less than two full days before finding that he had lied about his address on voter registration and candidacy documents in 2007 and 2008, as he prepared to seek the Senate seat he holds.

He also voted fraudulently in five elections in 2008 and 2009, the jurors found.

Wright, 61, said he thought he was following the law when he arranged to rent a room in a home he owns that is occupied by his common-law stepmother to establish a legal residence in Inglewood. The city is in the district he wanted to represent.

Deputy Dist. Attys. Bjorn Dodd and Michele Gilmer, of the Public Integrity Division, said his true residence was a house in the upscale Baldwin Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles, outside the district.

They presented evidence showing full closets, three luxury cars, prescription medicines, collectibles and artwork at the Baldwin Hills house but few of Wright's personal effects at the Inglewood complex he bought in 1977.

State Senate leader and fellow Democrat Darrell Steinberg of Sacramento called the guilty verdicts "a punch to the gut."

"We hold Sen. Wright in high regard," Steinberg told reporters. He said he would consult with other senators and legal counsel before deciding what to do.

The verdict comes as another state senator, Ron Calderon (D-Montebello), is under federal investigation for alleged corruption. As news of Wright's conviction reached Sacramento on Tuesday, grim-faced lawmakers huddled around computers to learn the details. The Democratic caucus then met in closed session.

"Any time a colleague gets in these kinds of situations, it's always a painful experience," said Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco). "My thoughts are with him and his family."

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« Reply #321 on: March 26, 2014, 06:21:33 PM »

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Leland Yee, California State Senator for District 8, INDICTED this morning on “public corruption, gun trafficking and bribery charges” (NO, it's not an early April Fools joke)

Leland “BULLET BUTTON” Yee, who was indicted this morning as part of a major FBI operation in the San Francisco Bay area. Yee, championed additional restrictions on CA gun rights by trying to pass SB47 last year (SB47 would have added bullet buttons to the list of AW features). He once commented that the question of banning “assault weapons” was “just so crystal clear, there is no debate, no discussion”… makes you wonder what his defense in court will be?
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http://observer.com/2014/03/fbi-raids-assemblyman-bill-scarboroughs-office
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http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2014/03/well-liked-illinois-democrat-busted-in-child-porn-sting-work-computers-confiscated




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