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Archive for September 11th, 2008

Georgia Sheriff Acquitted of Perjury

   It was a happy day in Georgia for sheriff Winston Peterson who got off  on federal charges stemming from a federal  probe into judicial corruption.  

VALDOSTA, Ga (WALB-tv) – A South Georgia Sheriff is acquitted of three federal charges.

Sheriff Peterson/wabl tv

Sheriff Peterson/wabl tv

A jury found Clinch County Sheriff Winston Peterson not guilty Thursday morning of perjury and two counts obstruction of justice.
The charges are part of a federal probe into corruption in the Alapaha Judicial Circuit and the former Superior Court Judge Brooks Blitch.
Peterson was accused of tipping of Blitch to the identity of an Federal Bureau of Investigation informant.

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Too Much Of A Good Thing In The Homeland

Some towns are getting Homeland Security funds but spending them on things other than terrorism.

Barbara Carmen
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH
COLUMBUS, Ohio — When the first Homeland Security dollars started trickling into Franklin County after Sept. 11, 2001, grants manager Donna A. Monell couldn’t spend it all.
“It was like, ‘Wow, how do we manage this?’ ” she said. “I believe I even asked for an extension.”
She was stymied on how to spend $300,000. Every county in America was vying for the same equipment. Orders were backlogged.
In 2009, her anti-terrorism team is expected to control $5.5 million. She said it could easily spend more, even if there is never a big attack.
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Council Member Testifies in Federal Grand Jury

Just days after Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick stepped down, a cloud continues to hover over city hall in Motown. A veteran city council member was among the guests at a federal grand jury probing city hall corruption. 

Paul Egan and Oralandar Brand-Williams
The Detroit News

Sheila Cockrel/official photo

Sheila Cockrel/official photo

DETROIT — The only official sent to prison as a result of an FBI investigation of Wayne County government under Edward H. McNamara, the late political boss, made a surprise appearance at the federal courthouse Wednesday as a grand jury convened to probe alleged corruption at Detroit City Hall.
The grand jury heard evidence Wednesday from former county official Wilbourne Kelley III, Detroit City Councilwoman Sheila Cockrel and former Cobo Center director Lou Pavledes.
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Southwest Border Fence Behind Schedule

Homeland Security said its goal of finishing up the border fence in Southwest U.S. this year seems to be slipping away. How long will it take?  

By RANDAL C. ARCHIBOLD
New York Times
The Department of Homeland Security said Wednesday that cost overruns, legal obstacles and other problems were imperiling its goal of completing the 670 miles of fencing and technological improvements on the Southwest border that President Bush has promoted as vital to securing it.
Rising costs for construction and materials and delays in acquiring land from owners could foil the effort to build the fence by the end of the year, said officials, who are now seeking more money for the project.
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