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May 1, 1993 | MARK GLADSTONE and PAUL JACOBS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A crucial informant who helped federal prosecutors build corruption cases against eight high-ranking Capitol figures has accused the government of "unethical police methods" and "deceit" by allegedly distorting transcripts of secretly recorded conversations and covering up important evidence, The Times has learned. John A. Shahabian, a former top aide to former Sen. Paul B.
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May 1, 1993 | MARK GLADSTONE and PAUL JACOBS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A crucial informant who helped federal prosecutors build corruption cases against eight high-ranking Capitol figures has accused the government of "unethical police methods" and "deceit" by allegedly distorting transcripts of secretly recorded conversations and covering up important evidence, The Times has learned. John A. Shahabian, a former top aide to former Sen. Paul B.
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August 26, 1988 | PAUL JACOBS and JERRY GILLAM, Times Staff Writers
Armed with court orders in a late-night sweep that ended early Thursday, two dozen or more federal agents fanned through the Capitol searching offices and questioning legislators in an investigation into possible violations of the federal anti-racketeering and extortion act. The probe, by the FBI and U.S. attorney's office here, centers on two special-interest bills, one carried in 1986 and another this year by Assemblywoman Gwen Moore (D-Los Angeles).
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September 13, 1990 | RICHARD C. PADDOCK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Former Sen. Paul Carpenter is the victim of unfair prosecution by government lawyers who induced a key witness to tell "little lies," Carpenter's attorney charged Wednesday. Defense attorney Gerard Hinckley conceded Carpenter was "rude," "arrogant" and dished out "abuse" to a lobbyist, but said he never sought to extort money from an undercover FBI agent or anyone else.
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August 18, 1990 | RALPH FRAMMOLINO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A secretly taped conversation played to jurors in a Capitol corruption trial portrays the top aide to former state Sen. William Campbell (R-Hacienda Heights) as "famous" for being an aggressive fund-raiser who takes "a cut" of potential campaign funds funneled to his boss. The tape, played in federal court Thursday in the trial of former Orange County state Sen.
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August 23, 1990 | RICHARD C. PADDOCK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A former aide, testifying Wednesday in the corruption trial of former state Sen. Paul Carpenter, implicated Carpenter in a scheme to extort campaign contributions but then backed off his assertions that the senator was directly involved. John Shahabian told a federal court jury that the Democratic lawmaker agreed to contact other state officials to promote dummy legislation planted by the FBI.
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June 21, 1990 | CARL INGRAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John Shahabian, the high-level aide caught in an FBI investigation of political corruption in the California Legislature, said Wednesday that there will not be complete ethics reform until legislative employees abandon the practice of raising campaign funds for their bosses.
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September 4, 1988 | RICHARD C. PADDOCK and PAUL JACOBS, Times Staff Writers
In early 1986, a stocky, gregarious man with a deep Southern drawl arrived in the state Capitol on a mission. Calling himself Jack Gordon, he told legislators he needed a law passed to help his Alabama company get a special break on state-backed loans to finance a new shrimp-processing plant near Sacramento. Like many outsiders with a financial stake in legislation, he hired a lobbyist and began passing out thousands of dollars in campaign contributions.
NEWS
August 27, 1988 | RICHARD C. PADDOCK and PAUL JACOBS, Times Staff Writers
The FBI's late-night raid of Capitol offices this week was the culmination of a "classic sting operation" that used two phony companies and a legislative staff member armed with a hidden recording device to uncover corruption in the Legislature, sources said Friday.
NEWS
August 7, 1990 | RICHARD C. PADDOCK and PAUL JACOBS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Federal prosecutors, outlining their case against state Board of Equalization member Paul Carpenter, charged Monday that the former senator was a ruthless fund-raiser who sometimes refused to talk about legislation with lobbyists unless they steered money to his campaign. According to the trial memorandum filed by the office of U.S. Atty. David F.
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August 23, 1990 | RICHARD C. PADDOCK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A former aide, testifying Wednesday in the corruption trial of former state Sen. Paul Carpenter, implicated Carpenter in a scheme to extort campaign contributions but then backed off his assertions that the senator was directly involved. John Shahabian told a federal court jury that the Democratic lawmaker agreed to contact other state officials to promote dummy legislation planted by the FBI.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 18, 1990 | RALPH FRAMMOLINO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A secretly taped conversation played to jurors in a Capitol corruption trial portrays the top aide to former state Sen. William Campbell (R-Hacienda Heights) as "famous" for being an aggressive fund-raiser who takes "a cut" of potential campaign funds funneled to his boss. The tape, played in federal court Thursday in the trial of former Orange County state Sen.
NEWS
August 7, 1990 | RICHARD C. PADDOCK and PAUL JACOBS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Federal prosecutors, outlining their case against state Board of Equalization member Paul Carpenter, charged Monday that the former senator was a ruthless fund-raiser who sometimes refused to talk about legislation with lobbyists unless they steered money to his campaign. According to the trial memorandum filed by the office of U.S. Atty. David F.
NEWS
June 21, 1990 | CARL INGRAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John Shahabian, the high-level aide caught in an FBI investigation of political corruption in the California Legislature, said Wednesday that there will not be complete ethics reform until legislative employees abandon the practice of raising campaign funds for their bosses.
NEWS
March 16, 1990 | RICHARD C. PADDOCK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Paul Carpenter, a State Board of Equalization member and a former state senator, was indicted Thursday on four counts of extortion, racketeering and conspiracy charging that he used his position as a legislator to illegally solicit campaign contributions from interest groups. Carpenter, accused of engaging in a pattern of extortion that dates back as far as 1980, is the second elected state official indicted in an ongoing FBI investigation of political corruption in Sacramento.
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January 3, 1990 | RICHARD C. PADDOCK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sen. Joseph B. Montoya accepted a $3,000 check from an undercover FBI agent, stuck it in his shirt pocket and then joked that the amount was really $30,000, in a secret videotape shown in federal court Tuesday. At a breakfast meeting punctuated by nasty remarks about several of his colleagues, Montoya took the money from a man he thought was a carousing Southern businessman, but who later turned out to be FBI Agent George Murray.
NEWS
September 13, 1990 | RICHARD C. PADDOCK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Former Sen. Paul Carpenter is the victim of unfair prosecution by government lawyers who induced a key witness to tell "little lies," Carpenter's attorney charged Wednesday. Defense attorney Gerard Hinckley conceded Carpenter was "rude," "arrogant" and dished out "abuse" to a lobbyist, but said he never sought to extort money from an undercover FBI agent or anyone else.
NEWS
September 16, 1988 | PAUL JACOBS, Times Staff Writer
John Shahabian, a state Senate aide who turned informant after being caught in the FBI's Capitol sting operation, was an intermediary for campaign contributions in 1986 but "never got a dime personally," his attorney, Donald H. Heller, told The Times on Thursday. Heller's comment is the first indication he has given of the role Shahabian was playing when he was snared by federal investigators in their probe of Capitol corruption.
NEWS
December 22, 1989 | RICHARD C. PADDOCK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sen. Joseph B. Montoya, agreeing to promote a "special-interest" bill to benefit a shrimp company, told an undercover informant he wanted a $3,000 payment, according to a secret tape recording of the conversation played in court Thursday. Montoya, in a meeting with Senate staff member John Shahabian, said he would accept $3,000 at a breakfast meeting with a representative of the company and call the payment an "honorarium," according to the tape.
NEWS
October 20, 1988 | DANIEL M. WEINTRAUB, Times Staff Writer
John Shahabian, the Senate staff member who has played a central role as an informant in the FBI's Capitol sting operation, was placed Wednesday on a paid administrative leave for an indefinite period, according to a spokesman for the Senate Rules Committee. Shahabian will be paid his regular salary of $5,602 a month while not working as the result of a "mutual agreement" between the FBI informant and the Rules Committee, said Bob Forsyth, a spokesman for Senate President Pro Tem David A.
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