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Stories with subject: Political corruption
  • Turner case tests bounds of 'citizen legislature' 
    Updated: Apr-20-14 3:11 pm
  • INDIANAPOLIS - When a legislative ethics panel meets this week to review the case of House Speaker Pro Tem Eric Turner, members could have trouble finding clear-cut answers, in large part because of the Indiana General Assembly's status as a "citizen legislature."

  • Senate OKs longer sentences for gang-related crime 
    Updated: Apr-20-14 3:02 pm
  • PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - The Rhode Island Senate has passed a bill stiffening punishments for gang-related crimes.

  • Probe could complicate Rick Perry's prospects 
    Updated: Apr-20-14 10:29 am
  • AUSTIN, Texas - Texas Gov. Rick Perry has spent a record 14 years in office vanquishing nearly all who dared confront him.

  • San Francisco probe leading to entrapment claims 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 5:55 pm
  • SAN FRANCISCO - The FBI used millions of dollars, liquor and cigarettes seized in other cases and more than a dozen undercover operatives in an elaborate, seven-year sting operation targeting a San Francisco Chinatown association thought to be a front for a notorious organized crime syndicate.

  • Former gov't informant charged with wire fraud 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 5:25 pm
  • CHICAGO - A Chicago real estate developer who was a key government witness in corruption cases is facing federal charges after authorities say he stole $370,000 from a Chicago suburb.

  • Investigator wants tougher legislative ethics laws 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 4:49 pm
  • SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Job recommendations and university application referrals from Illinois lawmakers should be tracked and publicized after clout-related scandals at the University of Illinois and the Metra transit agency, the General Assembly's top ethics officer said Friday.

  • In Egypt, a corruption watchdog hit by backlash 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 1:10 pm
  • CAIRO - Hesham Genena has created uproar by trying to actually do his job. The head of one of Egypt's foremost government oversight agencies, he says he has uncovered billions of dollars-worth of corruption, involving some of the country's most untouchable institutions, including the police, intelligence agencies, and the judiciary.

  • Revised fraud case against ex-leader of NY Senate 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 12:26 pm
  • ALBANY, New York - When the former leader of New York's Senate goes to trial next month for the second time, he'll stand accused of only two charges under a revised fraud case alleging he took actual bribes or kickbacks.

  • Judge: Ex-gov can't keep filings from prosecutors 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 4:45 pm
  • RICHMOND, Virginia - A judge says former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell can keep some court filings from the public, but not from prosecutors in his public corruption case.

  • NH senate votes to repeal the crime of adultery 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 3:56 pm
  • CONCORD, New Hampshire - The New Hampshire Senate is sending a bill to the governor's desk that repeals the crime of adultery.

  • GOP leader's ethics hearing set for Wednesday 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 3:25 pm
  • INDIANAPOLIS - The House Ethics Committee has scheduled a hearing to decide whether a powerful House Republican violated ethics rules by lobbying against a measure that would have cost him and others millions of dollars in potential profits.

  • Turkey increases spy agency's powers 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 2:26 pm
  • ANKARA, Turkey - Turkey's parliament on Thursday approved a bill that increases the powers and immunities of the country's spy agency. It's the latest in a string of moves that critics say is undermining the country's democracy.

  • Indiana mayor pleads not guilty to fraud charges 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 2:25 pm
  • HAMMOND, Indiana - A northwestern Indiana mayor pleaded not guilty Thursday to federal charges that he and his wife took more than $18,000 from his campaign account at the same time they had big casino gambling losses.

  • Ex-Senegalese president's son to face graft trial 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 2:14 pm
  • DAKAR, Senegal - An official says the son of Senegal's former president will be tried for illicit enrichment following an investigation into how he amassed his multimillion-dollar fortune.

  • Chairman of China conglomerate being investigated 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 8:58 am
  • BEIJING - China's ruling Communist Party says the chairman of a massive state-owned conglomerate is being investigated on suspicion of corruption, nine months after the government audited the company.

  • Grand jury indicts NW Ind. mayor, wife, ex-worker 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 8:04 pm
  • LAKE STATION, Indiana - Prosecutors say a federal grand jury has indicted a northwestern Indiana mayor, his wife and a former city employee on corruption charges.

  • Mexico arrests mayor for drug cartel extortion 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 3:40 pm
  • MEXICO CITY - Prosecutors in western Mexico arrested the mayor of a city that once served as a stronghold of the Knights Templar drug cartel on charges that he helped the gang extort money from city council members.

  • Judge asked to allow use of lawmaker's statements 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 1:33 pm
  • CHICAGO - Prosecutors want to be able to tell jurors about potentially damaging comments state Rep. Derrick Smith made to authorities as they questioned him about allegedly taking a bribe, though a federal judge said Tuesday she would rule on the matter later.

  • Metra files reveal years of political patronage 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 12:29 pm
  • CHICAGO - Files documenting a lengthy history of political patronage hiring at the Chicago area's Metra commuter rail agency reveal that some of Illinois' most well-known politicians routinely recommended job candidates.

  • Montreal mayor looks to NYC for anti-graft advice 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 11:46 pm
  • NEW YORK - Montreal's mayor sought to convince Manhattan business leaders Tuesday that his administration is moving past the corruption scandals that brought down his two predecessors and have become the "elephant in the room" when trying to lure investment to Canada's second largest city.

  • Court: Man can seek office despite conviction 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 7:59 pm
  • DES MOINES, Iowa - A split Iowa Supreme Court issued a ruling Tuesday that allows a Des Moines man to run for state Senate and affirms that second-offense drunken driving is not an infamous crime as defined by the Iowa Constitution.

  • W.Va. mayor accused of lying to US agent 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 5:38 pm
  • CHARLESTON, West Virginia - The government says Williamson Mayor Darrin McCormick has been charged with lying to a federal agent.

  • Williamson mayor to step down April 30 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 10:05 am
  • WILLIAMSON, West Virginia - Williamson Mayor Darrin McCormick is stepping down at the end of the month.

  • MS Ethics board: Text messages are public records 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 9:31 pm
  • TUPELO, Mississippi - Public officials' text messages about government business are public records, the Mississippi Ethics Commission says.

  • House approves ethics reform 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 8:19 pm
  • FRANKFORT, Kentucky - House lawmakers overwhelmingly approved sweeping changes to the Legislative Ethics Commission on Monday in an attempt to quell the political storm that erupted last week after the panel did not punish a former lawmaker accused of sexual harassment.