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A Brief Primer on Discipline and Prosecution Judges and Public Officials in the United States. Judge Tom C. Rawlings Juvenile Courts, Middle Judicial Circuit State of Georgia [email protected] www.tomrawlings.com. United Nations Convention Against Corruption.
Judge Tom C. Rawlings
Juvenile Courts, Middle Judicial Circuit
State of Georgia
Abramoff Pleads Guilty to 3 Counts
Lobbyist to Testify About Lawmakers In Corruption Probe
By Susan Schmidt and James V. Grimaldi
Washington Post Staff WritersWednesday, January 4, 2006; Page A01
Jack Abramoff, the once-powerful lobbyist at the center of a wide-ranging public corruption investigation, pleaded guilty yesterday to fraud, tax evasion and conspiracy to bribe public officials in a deal that requires him to provide evidence about members of Congress.
The plea deal could have enormous legal and political consequences for the lawmakers on whom Abramoff lavished luxury trips, skybox fundraisers, campaign contributions, jobs for their spouses, and meals at Signatures, the lobbyist\'s upscale restaurant.
Linda Schrenko Sentenced To Eight Years In Prison
(AP) - A federal judge sentenced former Georgia schools superintendent Linda Schrenko Wednesday to eight years in prison for her role in an embezzlement scheme that helped pay for her face lift and campaign for governor.U.S. District Judge Clarence Cooper also ordered Schrenko to repay nearly 415-thousand dollars and said her prison sentence will be followed by three years supervision.
Former Mayor Bill Campbell was acquitted on Friday of lining his pockets with payoffs while guiding Atlanta through a period of explosive growth that helped secure its place during the 1990s as a world-class city. However, the jury did find him guilty of three counts of tax evasion.Campbell had no visible reaction as the verdict was read.The 52-year-old Campbell could get up to nine years in prison. However, legal experts have said its doubtful he would get the maximum sentence in this case. The judge didn\'t immediately set a sentencing date.The federal jury took a day and a half to find Campbell NOT guilty of racketeering and bribery after a seven-week trial that put his womanizing and his high-rolling, jet-setting ways on display with his wife sitting dutifully in the courtroom for most of the proceedings.
Public Corruption Prosecutions by the Federal Government:
NOTE: Figures are latest available.
Source: U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Prosecutions of Corrupt Public Officials, 1970–1980, and Report to Congress on the Activities and Operations of the Public Integrity Section, annual. From Statistical Abstract of the United States, 2006.