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November 28, 2012 | By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times
BEIJING - Zhu Ruifeng fancies himself a Chinese version of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, a citizen journalist who is plying his trade online. In 2006, he started the People's Supervision website, which breaks stories about official corruption in China. He has had a couple of scoops - one about the widespread use of expired vaccines and others about crooked party apparatchiks - but nothing that's gotten the reaction of a sexually explicit 36-second video released last week. The video shows a paunchy Communist Party official in flagrante delicto with an 18-year-old woman in Chongqing.
April 15, 2014 | By Jeff Gottlieb
When three city officials were arrested trying to shake down a marijuana dispensary owner, Cudahy was branded a town where bribes were routine and elections were rigged. On Tuesday, state officials added one more indignity to Cudahy's battered reputation: a city with a staggering inability to keep an eye on public funds. In a damning audit, the state controller concluded that leaders in the working-class town used city-issued credit cards for excessive travel, meals and entertainment, mismanaged state funds and had virtually no internal controls to prevent the misuse of taxpayer dollars.
March 23, 2013 | By Jeff Gottlieb
The Bell corruption case is now focusing on Robert Rizzo, who prosecutors allege was the mastermind of public graft that generated national attention. A trial ended this week for six former Bell council members tried for misappropriating public funds. During three agonizing weeks of deliberations, the jury struggled to determine whether the council members' salaries - which approached $100,000 a year - violated state law. The jury found five council members guilty of some charges and not guilty on some others, and they acquitted one councilman outright.
April 12, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO - The arrest of a front-runner in the race for California secretary of state on corruption charges has made ethics a key issue for the seven candidates still in the contest. State Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) quit the race after his arrest last month on charges of taking payments in exchange for official favors and conspiring to illegally traffic in firearms. He has pleaded not guilty. As the remaining candidates focus on the best way to clean up Sacramento, Yee's stumble has thrown the June primary competition wide open.
March 20, 2013 | From Times Staff
On the 18th day of deliberation, the jurors in the Bell corruption trial said today they have reached a verdict in the case against six former council members accused of misappropriating public funds. More soon.
July 8, 2011 | By Vincent Bevins, Los Angeles Times
Two of President Dilma Rousseff's ministers have resigned recently amid accusations of corruption, complicating her efforts to run Latin America's largest country after taking over from Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in January. Transport Minister Alfredo Nascimento resigned late Wednesday after accusations that officers in his ministry had acted inappropriately, including accepting bribes in awarding government contracts. Last month, Antonio Palocci, Rousseff's chief of staff and most senior minister, resigned after news reports said his personal wealth had risen sharply during his time as a congressman and did not seem to match his apparent sources of income.
September 15, 2008
Re "U.S. oil agency scandal unfolds," Sept. 11 Does the corruption ever end in this administration? How can we ever have an energy policy if the officials in charge are literally in bed with the oil industry? Sheila M. Pickwell La Jolla
November 30, 1986
There are times when I find your liberal bias and the vitriolic and antagonistic negativism of your (editorial cartoonist) Paul Conrad and (Washington bureau chief) Jack Nelson infuriating. However, if the characteristics exhibited by these men are what is required to pursue and expose government corruption, as you have done in the current (Police Chief Bill) Kolender case, then it must be not only accepted, but encouraged. The Kolender corruption is a terrible abuse of power. It establishes a privileged class, which in a narrow area, can operate above the law. It appears to have been done with the expectation of a quid pro quo. Your effort in the Kolender case well serves the community.
June 10, 2012 | By Sarah Chayes
In the year since the Arab Spring, attention has been riveted on one issue above all others: the place of religious practice in public life. In Tunisia, where the movement began, full-face and body veils, now often worn complete with gloves, are increasingly visible on the streets - an exotic sight for locals and foreigners alike. And the secular opposition seems increasingly strident in its conviction that the Islamist government is driving the country the way of Iran. But it wasn't religion that set off the Jasmine Revolution; it was acute economic injustice and the pervasive and structured corruption that helped produce it. The fate of Tunisia, and its neighbors, may depend most on whether that lingering problem is addressed.
December 12, 1993
Regarding your series on corruption in the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department (Dec. 2-4): Three glaring points come to mind. First, the Narcotics Unit was totally concerned with quantity over quality. Instead of concentrating their efforts on arresting the head of a narcotics organization, they were after drugs and money, a useless expenditure. Two, there was a total lack of supervision in their efforts; yet nowhere in your series do we read that higher-ups were disciplined for lack of leadership.
April 10, 2014 | By Corina Knoll and Kate Mather
A Los Angeles Superior Court judge lashed out at a former Bell leader Thursday, sentencing her to more than 11 years in prison and branding her a "hog" for tapping the town treasury for her lavish salary while the working-class city slid toward insolvency. Angela Spaccia became the first person sentenced in the municipal corruption case, and the lengthy prison term was the first indicator of how Judge Kathleen Kennedy intends to punish those convicted of misappropriating more than $10 million from one of Los Angeles County's poorest cities.
April 9, 2014 | By Kate Mather and Ruben Vives
The long-running Bell corruption scandal drew toward an end Wednesday when five former council members pleaded no contest to criminal charges and agreed to pay restitution to the small, cash-strapped city that could approach $1 million. The pleas end the prosecution of seven officials accused of bilking the city out of more than $10 million that they used for excessive salaries and perks. At one point, council members were receiving up to $100,000 a year for their part-time work, while the city's top administrator, Robert Rizzo, pulled in $1.5 million annually in total compensation.
April 6, 2014 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
SACRAMENTO - The most shameful habit of California legislators arguably is their annual summer shakedown of lobbyists. But it finally may be ending, at least in the Senate. Senate leaders - rocked by the corruption scandals of two fellow Democrats - are hoping to quash the unsavory practice of coercing campaign contributions from special interests while high-stakes bills are pending in the Capitol. Outgoing leader Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) and his designated replacement, Sen. Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles)
April 2, 2014 | By Jeff Gottlieb
Five former Bell council members - all convicted but facing retrial on additional corruption-related charges - must decide Thursday whether to take a plea bargain that could put them behind bars for up to four years. The Los Angeles district attorney's office offered the deal on the condition that George Cole, Oscar Hernandez, Teresa Jacobo, Victor Bello and George Mirabal each agree to it. If not all of them sign off on the deal, the offer would be taken off the table and the former city leaders would head to a second trial with a judge who has indicated repeatedly that she has grown weary of the 2010 Bell salary scandal.
April 2, 2014 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
A refresher course in avoiding illegal corruption is being planned for state senators and their staffs. That can't hurt. But it's unlikely to clean up any dirty legislators. Illegal corruption is not a redundancy. There's also legal corruption. Legislators, members of Congress and local politicians everywhere are influenced by campaign contributions from private interests, whether the money comes from unions, insurers, oil companies or casino-operating Indian tribes, to name just a handful of corrupting cash cows.
March 31, 2014 | By Bill Whalen
Now that the California Senate has voted to suspend three of its members, all accused or convicted of criminal wrongdoing, legislators hope the issue will quickly vanish. And that's precisely the problem with this action. Giving three senators a "time out" - with pay - allows the rest of the members a chance to express outrage, genuine or feigned. However, it doesn't begin to address a larger question: Are these merely three bad apples, or is the larger orchard that is California's Legislature rotten to its core?
March 25, 2013 | By Phil Willon
The San Bernardino County district attorney announced Monday that criminal charges have been filed related to an ongoing corruption investigation at the troubled San Bernardino International Airport. Details of the charges, and who was arrested, will not be released until late Monday morning. In September 2011, the FBI raided the San Bernardino International Airport Authority and Inland Valley Development Agency in San Bernardino, agencies accused of rampant mismanagement and questionable financial oversight in a recent county grand jury investigation.
September 19, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
The mayor of Central Falls, R.I., which sought bankruptcy protection last year, has agreed to plead guilty to a federal corruption charge in connection with accepting gifts from a longtime political supporter who received no-bid contracts, officials announced Wednesday. The case was the second recent action by federal prosecutors against officials in small Northeast cities. Earlier, this month, officials charged the mayor of Trenton, N.J. , his brother and an associate with corruption in connection with a parking garage project.
March 30, 2014 | By Glen Johnson
ISTANBUL, Turkey - Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party appeared headed toward a sizable victory in the country's municipal elections Sunday, despite a corruption scandal that continues to swirl around Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his inner circle. With 85% of the vote counted, the party, known as the AKP, had secured between 44% and 47% of municipal posts, while the main opposition Republican People's Party, or CHP, garnered between 27% and 29%, according to Turkish media reports early Monday.
March 27, 2014 | By Sarah Chayes
On Feb. 20, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan fired his respected central bank governor, who was trying to discover what had happened to an estimated $20 billion that disappeared from the nation's oil revenue over an 18-month period. Four days later, across the country in the parched northeast, members of the Boko Haram extremist group attacked a public boarding school, shooting children in their sleep and setting school buildings afire. It was the latest in a string of massacres by the group, whose statements call for an Islamic state ruled by sharia law in Nigeria.
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