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.
September 5, 1990 |
Five council members have been named to Monroe Township's committee to investigate allegations of official corruption, but two are not likely to participate in the probe. Republicans Charles Yankus and Michael C. Votta, who voted against forming the committee, were absent from an Aug. 23 meeting when panel members were named. From the outset, Yankus has questioned the use of taxpayer dollars to foot the investigation. "A waste of time," he called the committee. "I won't be there because I'm opposed to it. " Votta, who was on vacation when committee members were named, said he voted against establishing the committee because he "didn't see any reason for it. " Votta had initially supported the committee's formation.
April 4, 2011
FIRST THERE WAS "Jeopardy!" Then "Wheel of Fortune" and "Family Feud. " And now, there's everyone's new favorite game show: "Is It Corruption?" In an op-ed in Thursday's Daily News , It's Our Money's Ben Waxman tried to figure out how much corruption costs the city. To do so, he had to define "corruption. " He went with the "direct theft" of public dollars and other violations of the law that rip off taxpayers. But is that the full scope of corruption? Certainly, a councilman taking a bribe is corrupt.
August 24, 2012
HARRISBURG - A Dauphin County Court judge on Thursday rejected former State Rep. Bill DeWeese's bid for a new trial on corruption charges. Todd Hoover's ruling clears the way for DeWeese's lawyers to appeal his conviction to Superior Court. The judge defended several trial rulings that DeWeese cited as justification for a new trial. He also turned down a motion to modify DeWeese's 21/2- to five-year prison sentence. DeWeese, 62, a Greene County Democrat, is incarcerated at Retreat state prison near Wilkes-Barre.
January 20, 2006
ALL OF A SUDDEN, our congressional champions of honesty and integrity are horrified at their own greed and corruption. Unctuous calls for "reform" are made by the worst of the thieves. There's a mad scramble to give away or return their documented bribes from K Street. John McCain, a decent man, sullies his reputation by joining Rick Santorum in a call for congressional ethics. Santorum is one of the prime movers of the "K Street Project," which sold out the morally upright Republican Congress to the lobbyists.
December 25, 1997 |
Shortly after his arrest two years ago for sedition, printer Anil Vidyarthi was quietly approached by several emissaries who suggested a way to settle his legal problems. The visitors, who said they represented associates of Kenyan President Daniel arap Moi, promised that the criminal charge would be dropped in exchange for a payment of $400,000. They also said Vidyarthi must give the president's son a 20 percent share of Colourprint Ltd., the printing company Vidyarthi owns with his two brothers.
June 1, 2006
POLITICS in our nation's capital is corrupt, no matter what party one belongs to. Surprise, surprise. Scandals involving money and gifts in politics showed a bipartisan tilt this past week, as two Democrats found themselves ensnared in what can only be described as bribery. First, Rep. William Jefferson of Louisiana, who was under investigation for a while for taking money in exchange for use of his influence, got stung last week when an FBI report was released on its investigation of him. The report detailed that Jefferson had been caught on video accepting a 30 percent stake in a Nigerian company, in return for his political influence.
September 4, 2011 |
NEW DELHI - When her husband died suddenly of a heart attack, Rukmani Devi and her oldest son went to the local government offices so the state pension checks - her only source of income - could be shifted to her name. The clerk in the pension office knew Devi's husband, a retired food inspector living in the northern city of Lucknow. He listened compassionately as she told of her grief and her need for the money, which would total about $240 a month. He gave her some paperwork, and told her to come back.