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Sen. Menendez to Face Corruption Charges

CNN: Feds bringing criminal case against Robert Menendez of New Jersey

(Newser) - New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez has been fending off allegations of corruption for two years now, but things are about to get much worse. CNN reports that the feds will bring criminal corruption charges against the prominent Democrat in a matter of weeks, and the Wall Street Journal confirms. Outgoing... More »

Virginia's Ex-Gov: My Wife Freaked About Being First Lady

He recalls her yelling at him day after inauguration as Obama called

(Newser) - Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell took the witness stand himself yesterday to begin testimony that will likely be the biggest factor in determining whether he and his wife end up in federal prison on corruption charges, reports the Washington Post . On day one, McDonnell began making two key points: that... More »

McDonnells' Sad Defense: We Hated Each Other

Virginia's former first couple fight corruption charges by saying they barely spoke

(Newser) - Bob and Maureen McDonnell's corruption trial got under way this week, and it's yielding no dearth of grist for the mill. While it appeared financial problems drove Virginia's former first couple to accept $165,000 in loans and gifts from a donor, the McDonnells' lawyer put up... More »

Charlotte Mayor Charged With Corruption

Patrick Cannon allegedly accepted bribes in FBI sting

(Newser) - The FBI thinks the mayor of Charlotte, NC, is a crook. Federal prosecutors today charged Patrick Cannon 47, with taking bribes after a four-year investigation, reports the Charlotte Observer . Cannon allegedly accepted about $50,000 in cash, airline tickets, and use of a luxury apartment from undercover FBI agents posing... More »

3 Miami Area Mayors Arrested for Corruption in 1 Month

One files for re-election 2 days later

(Newser) - Miami's suburban mayors are doing little to help shake Florida's image as the corruption capital of America, reports the New York Times . Last week, Steve Bateman, the mayor of Homestead, was arrested for allegedly receiving payments from a health care chain looking to build a clinic in the... More »

Corruption Trial Looms for China's Bo Xilai

Former pol accused of bribery, embezzlement

(Newser) - Nearly a year after his wife was sentenced in the death of a British businessman, former top Chinese politician Bo Xilai is headed for a trial of his own. He has been charged with corruption, bribery, embezzlement, and abuse of power, the BBC reports. The charges accuse Bo of using... More »

Montreal Mayor Busted in Corruption Sting

Michael Applebaum faces 14 criminal charges

(Newser) - You know, we were feeling pretty good about picking Toronto Mayor Rob Ford in our "Canadian mayors facing jail time" pool. But alas, Montreal's Michael Applebaum swooped in for some last-second competition in that contest this morning, as Quebec's special anti-corruption police unit nabbed him and two... More »

FBI Arrests Trenton Mayor for Corruption

Tony Mack's brother also arrested

(Newser) - The FBI busted Trenton Mayor Tony Mack this morning on corruption charges, alleging that city government was paid $119,000 by a "purported developer" who wanted to build a parking garage on city property. A Mack supporter and local steakhouse owner was also arrested in the case, and the... More »

Ex-Israeli PM Olmert Cleared in Corruption Case

Convicted on lesser breach of trust charge

(Newser) - An Israeli court cleared former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert today of the central charges in a multi-case corruption trial that forced him from power, but convicted him of a lesser charge of breach of trust. The verdict was seen as a major victory for Olmert, who stepped down as prime... More »

Chicago the US Corruption Capital

Study shows more convictions there than any other federal jurisdiction

(Newser) - Chicago really is the cesspit of corruption you think it is, according to a new study from the University of Illinois. It found that the Windy City and its environs had had more corruption convictions than any other federal jurisdiction in the last 36 years, with 1,531. Illinois had... More »

As Cuba Opens Up, Castro Hits Corruption

Free market reforms require crackdown, say Cuba officials

(Newser) - Cuba is in the midst of one of its biggest anti-corruption crackdowns in years, with Raul Castro jailing foreigners and kicking out scores of small companies even as he institutes free market reforms. But many are wondering if the crackdown will cure or kill the patient, reports the AP . "... More »

Chirac Finally Standing Trial

Former French prez goes before court tomorrow

(Newser) - After years of claiming presidential immunity to avoid legal proceedings, Jacques Chirac is finally facing a court. Tomorrow, the former president becomes France's first former head of state to go on trial since its Nazi-era leader was exiled—that is, if the whole case isn't derailed by a last-minute protest... More »

Politician's Wife Busted With $79K in Bra

She hid cash as FBI waited at door; bribery charges likely

(Newser) - If two FBI agents showed up on your doorstep, it's understandable that you might call your spouse and ask what to do. But that's where Leslie Johnson and Everyman parted ways yesterday morning: "Don't answer it," husband and prominent Democratic Maryland politician Jack Johnson told her, while instructing... More »

89 Puerto Rico Cops Arrested in Drug Sting

They allegedly provided security to dealers

(Newser) - More than 130 people—including 89 law enforcement officials—were charged in Puerto Rico today in a major corruption investigation. Charges range from cocaine and marijuana trafficking to firearms violations. It's the biggest police corruption case in FBI history. "The defendants' participation in the drug transactions consisted of providing... More »

Alabama Pols, Casino Owner Nabbed in Vast Bribery Bust

Lobbyists also nabbed in big electronic bingo bust

(Newser) - Federal officials have indicted the owner of Alabama's largest casino, four state senators and several top lobbyists in a scheme to buy and sell votes to get electronic bingo legalized. The federal investigation found criminal activity that was astonishing in scope, according to the assistant attorney general. He calls it... More »

Senate Opens Impeachment Hearings on La. Judge

Chamber's first since Bill Clinton's in 1999

(Newser) - The Senate will open today an impeachment trial against a Louisiana judge facing a slew of corruption charges, Fox News reports. The House already voted unanimously to impeach US District Judge G. Thomas Porteous, accused of lying under oath and taking payoffs. A Senate impeachment panel will hold three all-day... More »

Blagojevich Jury: We're Stumped

Jurors tell judge they're deadlocked on some counts

(Newser) - If you were locked in a room for 11 days talking about nothing but Rod Blagojevich, you'd probably be a little confused, too. The jurors in his corruption case told the judge today they can't reach agreement on some of the 24 counts against him and wondered what they should... More »

Probation Violation Sends Ex-Detroit Mayor to Prison

Kawme Kilpatrick sentenced to 1½ to 5 years, loses his job

(Newser) - Courtroom spectators gasped today when a judge sentenced former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick to between 1½ and 5 years in prison, far exceeding the sentencing guideline of zero to 17 months for violating his probation. 'This is all because of the actions of you, Mr. Kilpatrick,” Judge David Groner... More »

Italian Senate Passes Bill to Shorten Trials...

...and, conveniently, end corruption cases against Berlusconi

(Newser) - Italy’s Senate today gave the green light to a bill that critics say is designed to quash the pending criminal cases against Silvio Berlusconi. The prime minister’s ample Senate majority passed the so-called “short trial” bill 163 to 130. The bill aims to speed up Italy’s... More »

Chirac Must Stand Trial on Corruption Charges

Allegations go back to his days as mayor of Paris

(Newser) - Former French President Jacques Chirac has been ordered to stand trial in an alleged corruption scandal dating back to his time as Paris mayor—a case that caught up with him in retirement once he lost the judicial immunity of France's highest office. A magistrate ordered Chirac, whose 12-year presidency... More »

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