Category Archives: Public Corruption

Sheldon Silver, Ex-New York Assembly Speaker, Gets 12-Year Prison Sentence – NYTimes.com

In sentencing Sheldon Silver, Judge Valerie Caproni seemed to reflect my concern about laws and budgets passed by the Assembly during Silver’s tenure as Assembly Speaker. See the excerpt from today’s NY Times below: [Federal Judge Valerie Caproni] rejected a … Continue reading

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Sheldon Silver, Ex-New York Assembly Speaker, Gets 12-Year Prison Sentence – NYTimes.com

In sentencing Sheldon Silver, Judge Valerie Caproni seemed to reflect my concern about laws and budgets passed by the Assembly during Silver’s tenure as Assembly Speaker. See the excerpt from today’s NY Times below: [Federal Judge Valerie Caproni] rejected a … Continue reading

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Key Figures in the Trial of Dean Skelos – The New York Times

Now that the corruption trail of State Senator Dean G. Skelos, Republican of Long Island, and his son, Adam Skelos is underway in Federal District Court in Manhattan, the New York Times offers a scorecard listing some of the central … Continue reading

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The Skelos trial feels a lot like a mafia trial | New York Post

The New York Post’s Kyle Smith goes full Mafia in his description of the Skelos family trial, witness testimony and email evidence. His final grafs are worth a reprint. “Lawyers for the scheming Skelosi are hoping to change the subject … Continue reading

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Albany Corruption Trial Opens November 2

Ex-New York state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s trial set to begin Nov. 2. https://t.co/kD49ZIoUyi https://t.co/VM7XTXzwlx

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Guatemala President Resigns Amid Corruption Scandal

Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina resigns amid corruption scandal The corruption scandal, uncovered by prosecutors and a U.N. commission probing criminal networks in Guatemala, involved a scheme known as “La Linea,” or “The Line,” in which businesspeople paid bribes to … Continue reading

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Queens lawmaker warns staff to clean up any ‘baby-mama drama’ | New York Post

Spooked by federal prosecutor Preet Bharara’s crackdown on Albany, a Queens lawmaker warned his staffers to keep their noses clean in case any investigator tried to turn them against him. State Sen. James Sanders told employees late last year that the … Continue reading

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Straight Outta Ethics

Photo editorial by Brian Alapatt One wag tweeted, “The LWA (Legislators With Attitude) follow up album was “Get Rich Or Die Trying.”

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Bound By Laws Forged In Corruption

[A version of the column appeared in CityandStateNY.com] In the Olympics and pro cycling, athletes suspected of cheating, i.e., using performance enhancing drugs, are investigated and, if found guilty, are stripped of their medals and championship titles. In New York, … Continue reading

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Breaking: Sen. Tom Libous guilty of felony, ejected from Senate – Politics on the Hudson

Sen. Thomas Libous, the state Senate’s second-ranking Republican and a Southern Tier political institution for more than two decades, was convicted Wednesday of lying to the FBI, a felony that will force his removal from office. His expulsion from the … Continue reading

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