June 29, 1990 |
An attorney for Paul Carpenter, who is under indictment from the FBI undercover investigation of alleged political corruption in the state Capitol, says the former state senator suspects that his telephone was illegally tapped and that someone broke into his home in Los Angeles County during the investigation. Attorney Jerrard Hinckley reported Carpenter's suspicions to U.S. Magistrate Esther Mix during a federal court hearing on routine pretrial motions.
April 7, 1990 |
Saying he is "disappointed and hurt" that some opponents have made a campaign issue of his recent indictment, Board of Equalization member Paul Carpenter has urged delegates to the Democratic state convention not to make an endorsement in his race.
March 30, 1990 |
Board of Equalization member Paul Carpenter pleaded not guilty Thursday to four counts of extortion, racketeering and conspiracy stemming from an undercover FBI investigation of corruption in the state Capitol. The former state senator from Norwalk, looking grim and tense, appeared briefly in federal court for arraignment on the charges. Asked how he would plead, Carpenter said in a clear voice, "Innocent on all counts."
March 16, 1990 |
Local politicians and political activists in southeast Los Angeles County were hardly shocked by Thursday's indictment of Paul Carpenter, their former state senator. After all, many noted, allegations of political corruption are almost commonplace these days. But there was a feeling of regret that the one-time senator may have gone bad. "I had the highest regard for him," said veteran Norwalk Councilman Robert E. White.
March 16, 1990 |
Schooled in psychology and trained in politics, Paul Carpenter used guile and a dry wit to propel himself from a two-time electoral loser into a powerful legislator and then an influential if little-known member of the State Board of Equalization. Carpenter has spent most of the last three decades in California politics, starting as a volunteer campaign worker and rising steadily through the ranks.
February 3, 1990 |
Encouraged by their successful prosecution of Sen. Joseph B. Montoya, the U.S. attorney's office is preparing to move ahead with cases against other elected officials, including some who have not yet been publicly identified in a widening probe of Capitol corruption, according to sources familiar with the investigation.
November 14, 1988 |
Peering across an imposing desk, his eyes darting between a computer screen and a lobbyist seeking his vote, Paul Carpenter makes it clear that he has been keeping a close watch on political contributions. "My charts show that your clients have given more money to my opponents," Carpenter notes as the lobbyist shifts uncomfortably in his seat. The advocate, fearing a loss of clout if he balks, is sure to buy a ticket to Carpenter's next fund-raiser.
September 14, 1988 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 1987 |
Former state Sen. Paul Carpenter apologized Friday to Cecil Green, Carpenter's choice in the race for his old 33rd state Senate District seat, for claiming at a candidates' forum that Green's Republican opponent had made sexual advances toward his secretary. Carpenter, who resigned from the Senate to take a seat on the State Board of Equalization, could not be reached for comment Friday.