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September 13, 1988 | PAUL JACOBS, Times Staff Writer
Early last fall, a husky state Senate aide named John Shahabian drove out to the Federal Building a few miles north of the Capitol for a 7 a.m. meeting. Shahabian thought that he was going to be helping a developer overcome some environmental questions the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service had raised about a project. Instead, he was led through a side entrance of the building, past a door bearing the Fish and Wildlife insignia and into a room filled with FBI agents.
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September 13, 1988 | PAUL JACOBS, Times Staff Writer
Early last fall, a husky state Senate aide named John Shahabian drove out to the Federal Building a few miles north of the Capitol for a 7 a.m. meeting. Shahabian thought that he was going to be helping a developer overcome some environmental questions the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service had raised about a project. Instead, he was led through a side entrance of the building, past a door bearing the Fish and Wildlife insignia and into a room filled with FBI agents.
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March 15, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
State Board of Equalization member Paul Carpenter was indicted by a federal grand jury today on charges stemming from the FBI's three-year sting investigation of Capitol corruption. He was charged with a total of four counts of racketeering and extortion. The indictment followed by six weeks the conviction of state Sen. Joseph Montoya, who was the first elected state official charged as a result of the elaborate undercover investigation.
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September 14, 1988 | Associated Press
Paul Carpenter, a member of the state Board of Equalization linked to the FBI's Capitol sting operation, had no dealings with the front company that donated $20,000 to his 1986 campaign, a spokesman said Tuesday. Carpenter, at his first public meeting since federal agents raided the Capitol on Aug. 24 and searched the offices of four lawmakers and their aides, declined to be interviewed.
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January 2, 1990 | From Associated Press
Jurors watched an FBI-made videotape today that showed state Sen. Joseph B. Montoya (D-Whittier) accepting a $3,000 check, then joking that the check was for $30,000. Montoya received the check during a June 29, 1988, breakfast meeting with an undercover FBI agent posing as a Georgia businessman who wanted legislation passed to benefit his fictitious company.
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January 4, 1990 | MARK GLADSTONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The tapes of six secretly recorded conversations between Sen. Alan Robbins (D-Tarzana) and an FBI informant were sealed Wednesday by the judge presiding over the political corruption trial of Sen. Joseph Montoya (D-Whittier). "I can't find a single thing in any of these transcripts that I can see would be helpful in the defense of this case," said U.S. District Court Judge Milton L. Schwartz, who is presiding over Montoya's trial on 12 counts of extortion, racketeering and corruption.
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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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May 12, 1993 | PAUL JACOBS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An attorney for former Sen. Paul B. Carpenter asked the federal district court Tuesday to dismiss criminal charges against the Democratic politician, contending that government investigators "engaged in acts of misconduct" to entrap him and systematically destroyed or distorted evidence in order to win a conviction.
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January 27, 1990 | RICHARD C. PADDOCK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a stinging attack on state Sen. Joseph B. Montoya, a federal prosecutor charged Friday that the veteran legislator used his elected post "like a club" to extract money from his victims and enrich himself. Assistant U.S. Atty. John Panneton, delivering his closing argument in Montoya's political corruption trial, said the Whittier Democrat "betrayed his public trust" by committing acts of extortion and bribery.
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December 22, 1989 | MARK GLADSTONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Advice from state Sen. Alan Robbins (D-Tarzana) led an FBI informant to offer "a payoff" of $3,000 to Sen. Joseph B. Montoya (D-Whittier) for his help in pushing a bill, the informant testified Thursday at Montoya's trial. But, according to a secret FBI recording of the June 8, 1988, conversation, Robbins also turned down a contribution from the informant for himself, saying, "I don't need to be taken care of on every bill that comes through."
OPINION
March 26, 2006
Re "It was genocide," editorial, March 22 Your unambiguous restatement of the historical fact of the Armenian genocide was a resounding slap of truth on the shamefully pandering face of official complicity. At a time when the value and role of newspapers in the digital age is under debate, The Times has shown us with clarity and courage that integrity remains the defining essence of journalism. JOHN SHAHABIAN Sacramento It's astonishing that Turks point to treason, as many Armenians sided with Russia at the outbreak of World War I while Turkey sided with Germany.
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