Sunday, June 11, 2006

Our corruption watch stays busy ...

From our corruption watch department:

“Ethics lose out again” reports James Gill in an editorial in the Times-Picayune:

“Ethics reared its head in the state Capitol again last week, and got it shot off.

Dead for the session is a bill that would have stopped public officials and their nearest and dearest from getting rich on government contracts in the aftermath of a disaster.”

The T-P also reports on New Orleans’finest in “NOPD accuses cops of robbing women:”

“Incident took place in massage parlor

An eight-year veteran of the New Orleans Police Department has been arrested and booked with armed robbery and malfeasance in office in connection with the "shakedown" of five Asian women working at a downtown massage parlor, Police Superintendent Warren Riley said Saturday.

An arrest warrant was issued for a second officer allegedly involved in the same robbery.

Officer Joshua Burns, 28, resigned from the department after he was arrested late Friday on charges stemming from a Thursday armed robbery that police said involved Burns, officer Quincy Shelling and at least one other person. Police did not identify the massage parlor or say how much money was taken in the robbery."

At the Federal level we also have a bit of an image problem, as reported by the Associated Press, headed

“Democratic Leaders Intend to Strip Jefferson of Committee Post:”

"Democratic leaders resolved to strip embattled Representative William Jefferson from his committee assignment Thursday after the Louisiana lawmaker rebuffed repeated calls to step aside pending completion of a federal bribery investigation.

Jefferson insists he will not go quietly. His spokeswoman, Melanie Roussell, says she can guarantee he will not voluntarily step aside.

The congressman has not been indicted and has repeatedly denied wrongdoing. He is a member of the Ways and Means Committee, with authority over taxes, Medicare, trade, Social Security and more.”


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