Plus ca change... Government corruption in the United States - NYT

by Luke Balleny | | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Tuesday, 3 August 2010 13:44 GMT

LONDON, Aug 3 (TrustLaw) - Six weeks ago, the then-Mayor of Hartford, Connecticut, Eddie Perez, was convicted on corruption charges.

Two weeks ago, Representative Charles Rangel was informed that he would face the House of Representatives ethics committee before the year was out.

Last week, a federal jury retired to consider the fate of the former Governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich, who has been on trial for corruption since June.

This week, Representative Maxine Waters was officially charged with ethics violations and she too will face a House ethics trial sometime this year.

Though the political corruption scandals currently rocking the United States may be shocking, they are not without precedent, the New York Times reports.

In a sweeping and sometimes light-hearted look at some of the more prominent cases of government corruption in U.S. history, the newspaper proved that when it comes to corrupt politicians, not much has changed since the 1800s.

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