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Archive for September 27th, 2008

County Commissioner’s Fla. Home Raided

Comm. Mary McCarty

Comm. Mary McCarty

Scandal continues to bubble in southern Florida. The latest: An FBI raid of a county commissioner’s home.

Maria Herrera and Mark Hollis
Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel
DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – Palm Beach County Commissioner Mary McCarty’s home was searched Friday by the FBI, making her the latest county official to come under scrutiny by federal investigators.
Federal agents descended on the 1930s bungalow in the 1100 block of Vista Del Mar where McCarty lives with her husband, Kevin. A man working on McCarty’s garden said the agents took pictures of the house and the cars and left shortly after 9 a.m. with boxes of documents.
“I have done nothing wrong,” McCarty said from another home the couple owns in Maine. “In my mind, this was an unnecessary act.”
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Ex-Alderman Aide Convicted In Chicago

An ex-alderman aide was convicted in Chicago, but got off on the bribery charges.

By Ofelia Casillas
Chicago Tribune.
CHICAGO — A federal jury on Friday convicted a one-time aide to former Chicago Ald. Arenda Troutman of mail fraud and making false statements to the FBI but acquitted him on two counts of bribery.
Steven Boone faces up to 6 1/2 years in prison. No sentencing date was set by U.S. District Judge Ruben Castillo.
Troutman pleaded guilty last month to mail and tax fraud, admitting that she shook down developers for campaign contributions to throw her support behind construction projects.
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Lawyer Given Given Ok To Question Terry Nichols

Terry Nichols/bbc

Terry Nichols/bbc

It has been 13 years since the Oklahoma City bombing that stunned the nation. Now a Utah lawyer has been given the green light to question convicted conspirator Terry Nichols in connection with a prison death related in an indirect way to the bombing.

By Pamela Manson
The Associated Press
SALT LAKE CITY – A judge has reaffirmed an order that a Utah attorney can conduct taped depositions of Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols and a federal death-row inmate.
Attorney Jesse Trentadue says the two prisoners have information about the 1995 death of his brother, who he believes was murdered in a federal prison after guards mistook him for an accomplice in the bombing.
Kenneth Trentadue was found hanged in his cell in August 1995 at a federal prison in Oklahoma City, where he was being held on an alleged parole violation.
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