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Bribery Archive



by Edmond Geary

Feds shoot blanks in Alabama

A federal jury brought back verdicts in Alabama recently on an indictment charging 39 counts against 9 defendants with bribery.  After a two-year investigation by the F.B.I, two months of jury trial with evidence that included thousands of tape-recorded telephone conversations, and finally by a week of jury deliberations, the prosecution score was zero. No…

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by Edmond Geary

White Collar Crimes Narrow for Government

Federal prosecutors have been using a shortcut for years to get convictions in white collar crimes.  The shortcut is prosecution for what is called “intangible right to honest services” under the United States Code, Title 18, §1346, which provides that “the term ‘scheme or artifice to defraud’ includes a scheme or artifice to deprive another…

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by Edmond Geary

Congressman Sentenced for Bribery, Racketeering & Money Laundering

William Jefferson, former Congressman from New Orleans, was sentenced to 13 years in federal prison for using his office to enrich himself and his family.  His sentence was less than the 27 years recommended by the U.S. Attorney.  He was convicted by a jury last August for bribery, racketeering and money laundering.  Some of his…

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