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WORLD
August 17, 2011 | By Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
An Indian government attempt to head off a political crisis by arresting a key anti-corruption activist appeared to backfire Tuesday when Parliament walked out and demonstrations erupted around the country. Plainclothes police surrounded activist Anna Hazare early Tuesday morning as the septuagenarian left his home to begin a hunger strike in protest of alleged widespread corruption, reportedly forbidding him to leave the premises. When he defied them, officers took him into custody on preemptory charges of "breach of peace.
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NEWS
August 16, 2011 | By Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
An Indian government attempt to head off a political crisis by arresting a key anti-corruption activist appeared to backfire Tuesday when parliament walked out and demonstrations broke out across the country. Approximately 20 plainclothes police surrounded activist Anna Hazare, 73, early Tuesday morning as he left his house to begin a hunger strike against alleged widespread corruption, reportedly forbidding him from leaving the premises. When he defied them, they took him into custody on peremptory charges of "breach of peace.
NATIONAL
September 17, 2010 | By Nicholas Riccardi, Los Angeles Times
Top officials in the office of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio used its anti-corruption unit to conduct politically motivated investigations, misled the public about a campaign fund that helped Arpaio win reelection and surveilled the Arizona lawman's campaign rivals, according to an internal memo from a high-ranking officer. The 63-page memo, first reported Thursday by the Arizona Republic, blames Arpaio's longtime No. 2 man, Chief Deputy Dave Hendershott, for the alleged criminal wrongdoing.
WORLD
August 18, 2010 | By Laura King and Paul Richter, Los Angeles Times
The Obama administration on Tuesday delivered what might be its toughest warning yet to President Hamid Karzai over corruption in his government through a messenger who in the past has managed to forge a rapport with the mercurial Afghan leader in times of tension. Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, flew in for a one-day visit to the Afghan capital that included two sessions with Karzai, whose relations with the United States have plunged to a low not seen since last summer's fraud-riddled presidential election.
WORLD
July 30, 2010 | By Ken Ellingwood and Richard Marosi, Los Angeles Times
In a significant blow against the powerful Sinaloa drug cartel, Mexican troops on Thursday killed one of the group's top figures during an arrest raid in western Mexico. The raid came as troops in Tijuana rounded up dozens of police officers in a separate operation targeting organized crime. Ignacio Coronel Villarreal is described as one of the three most important bosses in the cartel, which is based in Sinaloa state and run by the country's most-wanted drug suspect, Joaquin "Chapo" Guzman.
BUSINESS
June 24, 2010 | By David Savage and Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
The Supreme Court on Thursday made it much harder to prosecute corruption cases against public officials and corporate executives, ruling that a law used to help convict former Enron Corp. Chief Executive Jeffrey Skilling was far too broad. The decision narrowed but did not overturn a 1988 law that makes it a crime to scheme to deprive the public of their "right of honest services." All nine justices agreed that public officials and corporate executives cannot be convicted of defrauding the public unless they enriched themselves by taking a bribe or a kickback.
NATIONAL
June 24, 2010 | By David G. Savage, Tribune Washington Bureau
A Supreme Court ruling Thursday dealt a severe blow to legislation meant to fight public corruption and also could affect the recent convictions of former Enron chief Jeffrey Skilling and former newspaper magnate Conrad Black. In ruling on "honest-services fraud," the justices said Skilling and Black were wrongly convicted on that charge. All nine justices agreed that such fraud was too vague to constitute a crime unless a bribe or kickback was involved. But both men were convicted on other charges, and the Supreme Court sent their cases back to lower courts for further proceedings . Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich currently is being tried on multiple charges of corruption, including depriving the public of honest services.
WORLD
December 19, 2009 | By Alex Rodriguez
A suicide car bomber Friday attacked a mosque next to a police headquarters in northwest Pakistan and killed at least 11 people, the latest in a wave of retaliatory violence engineered by militants battling Pakistani troops along the Afghan border. Troops are wrapping up a military offensive in South Waziristan aimed at routing the Pakistani Taliban and dislodging Al Qaeda militants from hide-outs there. The military has succeeded in taking control of the region, but most Taliban and Al Qaeda commanders and militants have fled to neighboring districts in the tribal areas, including Kurram and Orakzai.
WORLD
November 30, 2009 | By Paul Richter
As they prepare to roll out a new Afghanistan policy to a skeptical U.S. audience, Obama administration officials are starting to replace their grim public assessments of the battered country with praise for the skills and idealism of its officials and its progress in important areas. The message is aimed in part, officials say, at trying to build domestic support for a troop increase that President Obama is expected to announce Tuesday. Obama's decision comes at a time when most Americans have turned against the mission, and some Democratic leaders in Congress have concluded that it is hopeless.
NATIONAL
November 29, 2009 | By David G. Savage
The nation's most potent law against public corruption is in danger of being scaled back or struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court. At issue is a ban on "honest services fraud," often used to prosecute public officials who accept money, free tickets, or jobs for relatives when bribery cannot be proved. Patrick M. Collins, formerly a top anti-corruption prosecutor for U.S. Atty. Patrick J. Fitzgerald in Chicago, said that in his region, "every major public corruption case in the last 10 years relied heavily on an 'honest services' charge."
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