CollectionsCorruption Scandal
IN THE NEWS

Corruption Scandal

FEATURED ARTICLES
NEWS
February 11, 2012 | By Peter Jackson, Associated Press
HARRISBURG - Brett Feese, a one-time local prosecutor who became a rising Republican star in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, was sentenced Friday to four to 12 years in state prison and fined $25,000 for his role in a state corruption scandal. Dauphin County Court Judge Richard Lewis also ordered the former Lycoming County lawmaker to pay $1 million in restitution and serve two years of probation. Feese, 57, was among 25 people connected to the House GOP and Democratic caucuses who were arrested after a five-year investigation of the legislature by the state Attorney General's Office.
NEWS
November 18, 1998 | By Russell E. Eshleman Jr., INQUIRER HARRISBURG BUREAU
Robert B. Asher, the former state Republican chairman who went to jail for his role in a Harrisburg corruption scandal involving a state contract in the 1980s, was named to the Republican National Committee (RNC) yesterday. Asher, long active in Montgomery County and state politics - and a major donor to Gov. Ridge - was appointed by Alan Paul Novak, the chairman of the Republican State Committee. Novak, a Chester County lawyer, said he chose Asher with input from Ridge, U.S. Sens.
NEWS
July 11, 1995 | By Mark Fazlollah, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The District Attorney's Office has asked a judge to overturn the convictions of 13 more defendants in drug cases tainted by the 39th Police District corruption scandal - the latest in an expected onslaught of reversals. William Davol, spokesman for District Attorney Lynne M. Abraham, said yesterday that the requests for dismissals were made "in the interest of justice. " Davol said all 13 requests are expected to be granted on July 20 by Common Pleas Court Judge Legrome Davis, who is acting as a special judge for cases from the 39th District.
NEWS
December 11, 2009 | By Mario F. Cattabiani INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A former western Pennsylvania legislator was acquitted of all charges yesterday in the first jury trial stemming from the corruption scandal known as Bonusgate. The jurors deliberated for only about 2 1/2 hours before finding former State Rep. Sean Ramaley not guilty of six counts of theft, conflict of interest, and conspiracy. Ramaley, 34, who was accused of taking a no-work legislative job in 2004 in a scheme that had the public pay him to run for office, showed no emotion as the forewoman read the not-guilty verdicts.
NEWS
April 25, 2000 | By Nita Lelyveld, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It was grim duty for the uniformed police officers who stood guard at a recent Los Angeles Police Commission public hearing where a small but fierce crowd had gathered to vent anger about the ever-widening Rampart police scandal, the worst in the city's history. One woman said softly in Spanish that officers had asked her for protection money. A young man - wearing a T-shirt with a bright yellow warning sign that read "DANGER: POLICE IN AREA" - said, "This is a gestapo police state.
NEWS
December 5, 2009 | By Mario F. Cattabiani INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Sean Ramaley was a fresh-faced law school graduate eager to learn politics when he landed a job in 2004 as a legislative aide to then-Democratic power broker Rep. Mike Veon. He showed up to work every day and, on his own time, successfully campaigned for a seat in the state House from Beaver County, Ramaley's attorney told a jury yesterday as the first trial in the Bonusgate public corruption scandal got under way. "Nobody was slighted. Your tax dollars weren't taken from you," defense lawyer Philip Ignelzi said.
NEWS
February 12, 2009 | By John Sullivan INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Two juvenile-detention facilities at the center of a Luzerne County corruption scandal charged high fees to the county and state, and used the profits to fund a lavish lifestyle for a former owner, according to a draft audit by the state Department of Public Welfare. The audit, released yesterday to Luzerne County officials and facility managers, concluded that the facilities, through a management firm and holding companies, spent more than $1.2 million in expenses not allowed under state regulations.
NEWS
August 4, 1992 | Daily News wire services
BRASILIA SCANDAL CLOSING ON PREZ COLLOR Education Minister Jose Goldemberg resigned last night, adding to the growing number of defections stemming from the corruption scandal facing President Fernando Collor de Mello. Goldemberg, whose resignation was announced on TV Globo, was one of the most respected members of Collor's Cabinet. He made no comment, but had hinted recently he would quit if Collor did not provide an adequate explanation of the scandal. Earlier in the day, eight members of Collor's press office quit in solidarity with their chief, presidential spokesman Pedro Luis Rodrigues, who resigned last week after a falling-out with Collor.
NEWS
January 11, 2012
An appeals court says a former Pennsylvania judge convicted in the "kids for cash" corruption scandal is entitled to taxpayer funding of his appeal. Two judges with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia ruled Monday that former Luzerne County Court Judge Mark A. Ciavarella Jr. is indigent and entitled to court-appointed legal counsel. The former Juvenile Court judge was sentenced last year to 28 years in prison following his racketeering conviction.
SPORTS
February 4, 1999 | Daily News Wire Services
Already battered by a bribery scandal, Olympics leadership faced a rare revolt from its members yesterday over plans to strip them of voting rights in selecting host cities. The rebellion came at the International Olympic Committee's showcase conference on drugs in sports, which foundered through another day of bitter arguments and watered-down penalties for cheating, in Lausanne, Switzerland. It was the first time IOC president Juan Antonio Samaranch has faced a revolt from within over efforts to deal with the Olympics' worst corruption scandal.
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | Next »
ARTICLES BY DATE
NEWS
February 11, 2012 | By Peter Jackson, Associated Press
HARRISBURG - Brett Feese, a one-time local prosecutor who became a rising Republican star in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, was sentenced Friday to four to 12 years in state prison and fined $25,000 for his role in a state corruption scandal. Dauphin County Court Judge Richard Lewis also ordered the former Lycoming County lawmaker to pay $1 million in restitution and serve two years of probation. Feese, 57, was among 25 people connected to the House GOP and Democratic caucuses who were arrested after a five-year investigation of the legislature by the state Attorney General's Office.
NEWS
January 11, 2012
An appeals court says a former Pennsylvania judge convicted in the "kids for cash" corruption scandal is entitled to taxpayer funding of his appeal. Two judges with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia ruled Monday that former Luzerne County Court Judge Mark A. Ciavarella Jr. is indigent and entitled to court-appointed legal counsel. The former Juvenile Court judge was sentenced last year to 28 years in prison following his racketeering conviction.
NEWS
November 29, 2011 | By Brian Murphy, Associated Press
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Kuwait's ruler accepted the resignation of the country's scandal-battered government Monday, but then immediately directed it to remain in office as a caretaker cabinet, a slap at opposition groups seeking to bring down the prime minister over a corruption scandal. The boomerang political tactics by Kuwait's leadership could deepen tensions in the oil-rich nation, where a broad coalition ranging from Islamists to liberals is pressing for changes from the government, at a time when the United States is considering posting thousands of troops there after its year-end pullout from Iraq.
NEWS
June 30, 2010 | By Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writer
A former Camden police officer admitted Tuesday that he planted drugs, made false arrests, and lied on reports as part of a rogue police operation that has compromised narcotics arrests spanning more than two years. Jason Stetser, 32, of Waterford Township, appeared in U.S. District Court in Camden, where he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to deprive others of their civil rights. He is the second of five suspected officers to plead guilty to running the citywide operation from May 2007 to October 2009.
NEWS
February 18, 2010 | By Matt Katz INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Jerman Russ has been cleared in one of the two drug cases that landed him in state prison. The charges against him - holding 148 gray-tinted, heat-sealed plastic bags of crack cocaine - were thrown out. His guilty plea was canceled in the eyes of the law. The order, signed by Camden County Superior Court Judge Thomas A. Brown on Jan. 5, included this word: Dismissed. That's a development Russ would like to have known about. "I haven't heard from anybody but y'all," Russ, 23, of Camden, said last week in an interview at the Garden State Youth Correctional Facility in Burlington County.
NEWS
January 7, 2010 | By Mario F. Cattabiani INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Seven former high-level legislative aides, including two married couples, pleaded guilty yesterday in the political corruption scheme known as Bonusgate. One by one, they appeared before Dauphin County Court President Judge Richard A. Lewis and admitted their role in the bonus-for-campaigning scandal that has snared two dozen people and engulfed the Capitol for three years. For prosecutors, the guilty pleas line up what could be a potent list of government witness scheduled to testify in two weeks when former State Rep. Mike Veon (D., Beaver)
NEWS
December 11, 2009 | By Mario F. Cattabiani INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A former western Pennsylvania legislator was acquitted of all charges yesterday in the first jury trial stemming from the corruption scandal known as Bonusgate. The jurors deliberated for only about 2 1/2 hours before finding former State Rep. Sean Ramaley not guilty of six counts of theft, conflict of interest, and conspiracy. Ramaley, 34, who was accused of taking a no-work legislative job in 2004 in a scheme that had the public pay him to run for office, showed no emotion as the forewoman read the not-guilty verdicts.
NEWS
December 5, 2009 | By Mario F. Cattabiani INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Sean Ramaley was a fresh-faced law school graduate eager to learn politics when he landed a job in 2004 as a legislative aide to then-Democratic power broker Rep. Mike Veon. He showed up to work every day and, on his own time, successfully campaigned for a seat in the state House from Beaver County, Ramaley's attorney told a jury yesterday as the first trial in the Bonusgate public corruption scandal got under way. "Nobody was slighted. Your tax dollars weren't taken from you," defense lawyer Philip Ignelzi said.
NEWS
October 27, 2009 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In another year, Democratic challengers in the predominantly coastal Ninth Legislative District might have a tough time convincing residents to switch allegiance in Tuesday's election of two state assembly members. But the GOP stronghold, which includes southern Ocean County and small portions of Burlington and Atlantic Counties, was rocked this summer when Republican Assemblyman Daniel Van Pelt, of Ocean Township, was arrested in a massive federal corruption sting that also netted 43 others.
NEWS
May 15, 2009 | By Amy Worden INQUIRER HARRISBURG BUREAU
Public perception of the judiciary has again emerged as a central issue in the statewide judicial campaigns, this time in the primary race to fill a single vacancy on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. With a high-profile judicial-corruption case in Luzerne County fresh on voters' minds and questions about the length of time it took the Supreme Court to respond to issues raised by the case, candidates for the highest court are pledging to restore integrity to the bench. This year, three Republicans - Superior Court Judges Joan Orie Melvin and Cheryl Allen and Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Paul Panepinto - and one Democrat, Superior Court Judge Jack Panella, seek election to the Supreme Court.
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | Next »
|
|
|
|
|