When the criminal justice system finds that government officials are
involved in a conspiracy to pursue illegal conduct in an
environment of fear and intimidation, they bring racketeering
charges under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations
Act (RICO). This is what happened with the Atlanta schools cheating
scandal. According to an
article in today's New York Times, six more educators pleaded
guilty to being part of the conspiracy, bringing the total to 17.
Here is the story of a good settlement reached in an Ohio ethics
proceeding involving a council member from a very small city.
According to a
recent article in the Canton Rep, the council member voted on
an addendum to the lease of a golf course despite the fact that he
lived on adjoining property. He admitted to having violated the
state's conflict of interest provision, but the state ethics...
The Boss of the Ethics Director's Bosses
According to an
article this week in the Free Times, an FOI lawsuit was filed
against South Carolina's ethics commission, because its director had
said that a letter informing the governor of an ethics violation had
not been sent and had been destroyed, when in fact it was sent and
According to an
article in the Capital Gazette, a former Anne Arundel County
(MD) county executive, who was convicted early this year of a
misdemeanor for misconduct in office, wants to run for office again,
despite the judge ordering, as part of the criminal penalty, that he
not be permitted to run...
recent Miami Herald article describes a case that embodies a number of important government ethics issues, including the conflict issues
that involve local schools of higher education, gifts to officials' relatives and the officials' knowledge of them, an ethics program's jurisdiction over these relatives, and whether government attorneys should provide...
New York State's Moreland Commission to Investigate Public
Corruption filed a
preliminary report on Monday. Most of the report involves
state campaign finance and election laws, but many of these laws
affect local government practices, as well. Those involving government ethics criminalize it, and an important recommendation is both too much and too little.