January 30, 2011 |
If you want to understand the Egyptian uprising and how U.S. officials should respond, let me take you back to the pro-democracy demonstrations I witnessed in Cairo in 2005. Middle-class protesters went to the streets then, too, demanding free elections. But the government of President Hosni Mubarak - tarring all opposition as radical Islamists - surrounded them with police in Darth Vader helmets and shields. I spoke with professional women who had been beaten and groped by police, and with young women journalists whom security agents had threatened to jail on prostitution charges.
March 2, 2000 |
A six-month investigation into corruption and violence within the Los Angeles Police Department has found that rogue officers engaged in illegal activities that included stealing cocaine, shooting unarmed suspects, and planting and rearranging evidence at crime scenes to secure convictions and cover up mistakes. The internal report, issued yesterday, said the very "culture" of some parts of the department, notably the Rampart division, which polices central and east Los Angeles, excused and even encouraged the abuses.
March 31, 2011 |
OVER the last decade, we've heard a steady drumbeat of stories about corruption in local government. We heard about Mayor Street's treasurer, Corey Kemp, who traded contracts for sports tickets and a new deck. Then there was Rick Mariano, the city councilman who sold his office to pay credit-card bills. Besides these high-profile cases, there's the steady drip-drip-drip of employee theft and infractions. Just last year, for example, an employee in the Records Department was busted for selling more than 20,000 documents on the side, depriving the city of $600,000 in legitimate fees.
May 2, 1986 |
Vowing that his adminstration wouldn't "tolerate abuse and corruption in any department," Mayor Goode announced yesterday that he had established a committee to improve the city's financial transactions and accounting procedures. "One message that I want to send through loud and clear," Goode said, "is that we're going to really go on a search-and-destroy mission in this government. " Three recently completed reports by a private accounting firm commissioned by Goode had found serious managerial problems with the city's Licenses and Inspections and Streets departments, and with the Minority Business Enterprise Council.
May 3, 1996 |
Former Housing Authority Police Officer Eduardo Malverio pleaded no contest to faking drug arrests a few weeks ago, and decided to try to help the prosecution nail his ex-partner, Ricardo Leon. It didn't work. Yesterday, Common Pleas Judge Gregory E. Smith said Malverio had changed his story too many times, so he acquitted Leon, 27, of 24 charges of corruption. Defense lawyer Jeremy H. G. Ibrahim punched holes in Malverio's story and attacked the credibility of two men and two women who contended that the two cops planted drugs on them.
April 20, 1989 |
Proponents of ethics in government seemed to have found the perfect spot for their sign: the Rotunda of the state Capitol. Thousands of people would go by the spot, particularly state senators, who must vote for a new Ethics Act by June 30 in order to save the life of the Ethics Commission. What better way to capture their attention? So, on April 4, Common Cause of Pennsylvania placed the sign - a 2 1/2-by-3 1/2-foot toteboard - on an easel near the entrance to the Senate wing of the Capitol.
April 5, 2014
In continuing its disassembly of national campaign-finance restrictions, the U.S. Supreme Court is relying partly on the naive notion that the tendency of money to influence and corrupt politics has yet to be demonstrated. Striking down limits on how much a single donor may contribute to federal campaigns per election cycle, the court this week compounded its earlier unfettering of corporate and union spending. Asserting a First Amendment right to spend unlimited sums on political expression, the court's majority is undoing a long-standing precedent under which the threat of corruption was deemed sufficient to justify moderate political spending restraints.
September 13, 1987 |
Senators Robert C. Byrd (D., W.Va.) and David L. Boren (D., Okla.), the new champions of reform in campaign financing, are absolutely right to be concerned about rising campaign costs, about a system that is weighted heavily against challengers and about the appearance of corruption in the political system. But they are absolutely wrong about the causes of these problems and the best solutions for them. The senators' opposition to political action committees is unjustified and futile; their obsession with PACs draws attention away from some deeply troubling aspects of political money, and far more valuable remedies than theirs are available.
May 7, 2007
If elected, what steps will you take to ensure that your administration does not betray and embarrass this city and its citizens through corruption? Bob Brady As the first candidate for mayor to sign the Committee of Seventy ethics policy, I know that addressing this important issue is key to the success of our city. To eliminate the root causes of corruption in Philadelphia, we must eliminate inefficiencies and make city services customer-oriented and transparent in their operation while remaining ever-vigilant in our city's fight against corruption.
May 26, 2010
Heather Lynne Zeo, the North Penn High School teacher charged in 2009 with having sex with a student, pleaded guilty Monday to two counts of corruption of minors for her conduct with two 17-year-old boys, according to court records. Zeo, 37, of Warrington, had sex with one of the boys and "sexual communications" with the other, Montgomery County Assistant District Attorney Kate McGill said. The open plea did not come with a sentencing agreement, and McGill said she planned to ask for jail time for Zeo, who is free on bail.