- Former NY Sen. Smith gets 7 years for mayoral race scheme Updated: Jul-01-15 11:01 am
WHITE PLAINS, New York - Former Democratic state Sen. Malcolm Smith will spend seven years in prison for a scheme to bribe his way onto the ballot for the 2013 New York City mayoral election.
- Sept. hearing set on ethics charges against Marmet mayor Updated: Jul-01-15 9:21 am
MARMET, West Virginia - The West Virginia Ethics Commission has scheduled a Sept. 29 hearing on ethics charges against the mayor of Marmet.
- Justices won't hear ex-Rep. Rick Renzi appeal of conviction Updated: Jun-29-15 9:47 am
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court won't hear an appeal from former Arizona Rep. Rick Renzi seeking a new trial after his conviction on public corruption, money laundering and other charges.
- Ex-American Samoa government official sentenced for bribery Updated: Jun-26-15 9:31 pm
HONOLULU - A federal judge in San Francisco has sentenced a former American Samoa government official to nearly two years in prison for wire fraud and bribery.
- Former Illinois US Rep. Mel Reynolds indicted on tax charges Updated: Jun-26-15 4:15 pm
CHICAGO - A former U.S. congressman from Illinois who has been in legal trouble before is in legal trouble again - this time for allegedly not filing required federal tax returns for consecutive years.
- Former lawmaker testifies during federal corruption trial Updated: Jun-25-15 7:50 pm
PIKEVILLE, Kentucky - A former Democratic state lawmaker who owns coal mines and helped regulate the coal industry on the House Natural Resources Committee told a federal jury Thursday that it was "awkward" when a state mine inspector assigned to his mines asked him for money.
- Mario Biaggi, former congressman from NYC, dies at 97 Updated: Jun-25-15 2:33 pm
NEW YORK - Mario Biaggi, a former 19-year congressman whose career ended in disgrace after a pair of corruption convictions, has died. He was 97.
- Hurricane skate park closed; mayor cites vandalism, crime Updated: Jun-25-15 10:53 am
HURRICANE, West Virginia - The City of Hurricane's skate park has been torn down.
- Federal judge steps out of case against Rep. Joe Armstrong Updated: Jun-25-15 10:40 am
KNOXVILLE, Tennessee - Chief U.S. District Judge Tom Varlan has recused himself from the tax fraud conspiracy case against state Rep. Joe Armstrong of Knoxville.
- Norman city attorney says mayor broke ethics guidelines Updated: Jun-24-15 11:01 am
NORMAN, Oklahoma - The city attorney in Norman says Mayor Cindy Rosenthal violated ethics guidelines she helped write when she agreed to put her name and title on a flier touting a fundraising event for a candidate in this weekend's Cherokee Nation election.
- Lawmakers' calendars list meetings with undercover agents Updated: Jun-23-15 8:18 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - The appointment books of two disgraced state lawmakers appear to corroborate allegations that they met with undercover FBI agents at steakhouses and a lobbyist's office, according to documents released Tuesday by the California Legislature.
- Audit: Attorney general's office needs more accountability Updated: Jun-23-15 7:16 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - As two former Utah attorneys general face charges of accepting improper gifts and other charges, Utah's top law enforcement office needs to be more transparent and offer whistleblower employees a way to anonymously report office wrongdoing, according to a report released Tuesday.
- Ohio mayor, candidate aiding traffic camera probe Updated: Jun-23-15 4:37 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The fourth-term mayor in Ohio's capital city and the Democratic nominee to replace him both say they are assisting with a federal traffic camera bribery investigation, but insist they aren't linked to any wrongdoing.
- Former E. Idaho sheriff sentenced to 30 days in jail Updated: Jun-22-15 11:41 pm
BOISE, Idaho - Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden says a former eastern Idaho sheriff convicted of misusing public funds in a case involving a county-paid cell phone has been sentenced to 30 days in jail and ordered to pay $2,500 in fines.
- Ethics panel to continue probe of 2013 Azerbaijan trip Updated: Jun-22-15 4:00 pm
WASHINGTON - The House Ethics Committee said Monday it is continuing an investigation of nine members of Congress who went on a 2013 trip to Azerbaijan paid for by that country's government.
- Loophole sinks ethics reforms vetoed by Texas Gov. Abbott Updated: Jun-20-15 8:58 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - Republican Gov. Greg Abbott dealt a final blow Saturday to his own pledges to tighten Texas' loose ethics rules, vetoing two reform bills poisoned by a last-minute rider that would have given lawmakers cover to hide their spouses' financial dealings.
- Arrests, leadership changes mean hard year for lawmakers Updated: Jun-20-15 2:13 pm
ALBANY, New York - For decades, it was the way Albany did business: The governor and the two legislative bosses gathered behind closed doors to hammer out deals affecting millions of New Yorkers.
- As budget showdown looms, corruption probe quietly ends Updated: Jun-20-15 10:53 am
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - As Pennsylvania lawmakers brace for the annual clash over how to spend billions of taxpayer dollars, the final chapter in a starker government drama is quietly playing out in the state prison system.
- Feds asking for up to 2 ½ years in prison for Michael Grimm Updated: Jun-19-15 8:25 pm
NEW YORK - Federal prosecutors are asking that disgraced former congressman Michael Grimm be sentenced to up to 2 ½ years in prison after he pleaded guilty to tax fraud.
- Ex-Mexican governor accused in Texas money laundering case Updated: Jun-19-15 5:35 pm
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - A former governor of the northern Mexican state of Tamaulipas has been charged with money laundering in Texas, according to an unsealed federal indictment.
- Ex-mayor shouldn't have to pay legal fees in receivership Updated: Jun-19-15 12:50 pm
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - The Rhode Island Supreme Court says the disgraced former mayor of Central Falls should not have to pay legal fees from the city's receivership case.
- Guatemalan court brakes effort to strip president's immunity Updated: Jun-18-15 11:08 pm
GUATEMALA CITY - Guatemala's constitutional court on Thursday temporarily blocked an effort to strip President Otto Perez Molina of immunity as corruption investigations advance.
- Former Rep. Fagan settles ethics violations complaint Updated: Jun-18-15 6:29 pm
OLYMPIA, Washington - Former Rep. Susan Fagan has agreed to settle a complaint with the Legislative Ethics Board on allegations that she falsified travel expense forms.
- Another ethics complaint filed against Big Island mayor Updated: Jun-18-15 6:26 pm
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii - Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi is the subject of another ethics complaint, this one saying political favoritism led to his campaign manager landing the top job at the Office of Aging.
- Court allows Carlstadt mayor to avoid misconduct trial Updated: Jun-18-15 12:50 pm
TRENTON, New Jersey - Carlstadt's mayor won't have to go to trial on charges his wife remained on the town's health plan after they were divorced.