August 23, 1987
At one point in her testimony in the extortion trial of Municipal Court Judge Mario F. Driggs last week, Common Pleas Judge Mary Rose Fante Cunningham tried to cast her own involvement in the judicial corruption scandal in the best possible light. Asked about accepting $300 at a private meeting with the head of one of the city's most violence-prone unions - a union she had actively solicited to help finance her campaign - Judge Cunningham replied: "In Philadelphia, that's the way it's done.
June 24, 1989 |
A factory worker says the bosses at his textile mill "are no good. " "They take money," he says, "for themselves. " An academic who works part timein a state financial institution shakes his head when asked whether he lives in one of Beijing's modern high-rise apartment buildings. "They are for high-ranking officials and their sons and daughters," he says. "I know young teachers at my university who can't even find rooms. They end up living in dormitories or with friends.
June 3, 2000 |
A Bucks County service-station operator has been charged with corruption of minors - three 17-year-old males - and providing them with alcohol. Josiah (Joe) Tomlinson, 57, the operator of Center Auto Service, Newtown Township, is accused of providing the youths beer and liquor, showing them pornographic films and performing or attempting to perform sexual acts. Gregg Shore, a deputy Bucks County district attorney, said the alleged incidents occurred during a two-month period ending in May, and that they took place at the service station or at Tomlinson's home in Middletown Township.
January 3, 2009 |
Former State Sen. Wayne R. Bryant has asked a federal judge to throw out his conviction for corruption and give him a new trial. In a motion filed this week in federal court in Trenton, Bryant argued that prosecutors did not present enough evidence to prove that he was guilty. Bryant was convicted in November of taking a "low-show" job at the School of Osteopathic Medicine in Stratford for which he was paid but did little to no actual work. In exchange, the jury found, Bryant, a Camden County Democrat, steered $10.5 million in state money to the school over three years as chair of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.
February 24, 1989 |
On the witness stand for a sixth day, former officer Charles A. Hund 3d yesterday portrayed the Philadelphia Police Department as a cesspool of corruption where cops and their bosses took payoffs and committed crimes. Testifying in the federal racketeering trial of six former narcotics officers who worked with him in a now-defunct drug unit, Five Squad, Hund described a litany of his own illegal acts dating back to his first months in the department. He stole drugs and money during police searches, he took part in burglaries, and, with a partner, he even stole a gold Christ-head ring off the finger of a dead man. When defense attorney Nino V. Tinari referred to the ring theft as a "pretty vomitous kind of thing," Hund agreed.
September 9, 2007
The arrests Thursday of 11 more public officials in New Jersey, including two Democratic members of the Assembly, suggest that neither current law nor a crusading federal prosecutor are sufficient deterrents against the kind of political corruption and self-aggrandizement alleged here. The problem is the state's long-entrenched political culture - of pay-to-play deals and the holding of multiple public offices - which tolerates and even fosters bad behavior. Coincidentally, a significant first step toward cleansing this culture was taken just a couple of days before the arrests, when Gov. Corzine signed a law prohibiting legislators from simultaneously holding more than one elected office.
November 24, 1989 |
Angel Gaitan stood bare-chested at the apartment window, pleading for someone to save his life. Four bullet-riddled bodies lay in the apartment behind him, the victims of an army death squad, he said. Gaitan said the soldiers were doing the work of Colombian drug lords, who wanted him dead because he had passed information to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. Gaitan was safe. The killers were gone, and those who arrived after the shooting ended on July 5 were television camera crews.
May 8, 2009
Every time the Inquirer reporters asked a question of the Board of Revision of Taxes, no one knew the answer, or they could not remember the answer. The BRT members exhibited severe cases of amnesia, perhaps even Alzheimer's. They need medical help, not a job with the BRT. S. Sobel Cherry Hill It is really hard to believe the depths of the corruption involved in the workings of the Bureau of Revision of Taxes, as detailed in the excellent series by Mark Fazlollah and Joseph Tanfani.
June 29, 2012 |
HARRISBURG - A former state representative and Pennsylvania revenue secretary was convicted of corruption Wednesday in what could be the final trial from a five-year-old state investigation. A Dauphin County Court jury found Stephen Stetler guilty on six felony counts stemming from his alleged participation in a scheme to use public employees to do illegal campaign work. His case was the last of 25 defendants in the state attorney general's legislative corruption probe to be resolved.
February 24, 2013 |
CHICAGO - They elected a Harvard-educated Rhodes Scholar and ended up with a congressman convicted of having sex with an underage campaign worker. They voted for the son of a famous civil rights leader and got someone who illegally spent campaign money on everything from furniture to Bruce Lee memorabilia. Call it Chicago corruption at its worst or uncanny coincidence, but residents of Illinois' Second Congressional District haven't been represented in Congress in more than three decades by someone who didn't end up in serious ethical or legal trouble.