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Chicago’s Departing Internal Watchdog Turned Over Records to FBI

Seal_of_Chicago,_IllinoisBy Steve Neavling

Another city hall scandal in Chicago?

The FBI last week picked up the computers and files of departing Legislative Inspector General Faisal Kahn.

Kahn, who served as the council’s internal watchdog, forwarded complaints that are “criminal in nature” to outside agencies, including the FBI, the Chicago Tribune reports. 

Kahn would not elaborate.

“I don’t know if and when these cases will result in charges,” Khan said. “I simply would like to see them resolved appropriately, and then the public can see what exactly the (office of legislative inspector general) worked on and what the results of those investigations are.”

Kahn’s four-year term ended Monday, and the council has yet to replace him.

It remained unclear Tuesday what the subject of the investigation was.

Two City Councilmen in Georgia Were Indicted on Accusations of Taking $20,000 in Bribes

Steve Neavling

Two city councilmen accused of splitting $20,000 in bribes were indicted by a grand jury Tuesday, the Macon Telegraph reports.

Forsyth City Councilmen Desi Hansford and James Calloway face up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine on three counts.

Hansford “admitted to receiving the previous $5,000 bribe in January. [He] stated that he paid some bills with part of the money and over $2,000 of the original bribe money was located in his residence in Forsyth,” McClendon’s affidavit reads, the Telegraph reported.

The bribes allegedly come from Travel America truck stop restaurant in Jackson, which is trying to renew its contract.

The Telegraph couldn’t reach the councilmen for comment.

Court: FBI Didn’t Entrap Indianapolis City Councilman in Bribery Scheme

Steve Neavling

 A member of the Indianapolis City Council and former police officer cannot argue he was entrapped by the FBI for accepting bribes from an undercover agent, the 7th Circuit has ruled, Courthouse News Service reports.

Lincoln Plowman came under scrutiny after developing a reputation for “questionable use of the power and influence he had acquired,” the court wrote last week.

An FBI agent posing as a strip club owner gave Plowman $5,000 in cash to help push through necessary licenses and a liquor license, the FBI alleges.

The amount was sufficient enough to constitute inducement, the judge said.

Plowman is appealing his 2010 conviction, which landed him a sentence of more than three years in prison, Courthouse News Services reported.

Fed Prosecutors Back Off Push to Put D.C.’s Marion Barry in Jail

It looks like the Teflon City Councilman will skirt jail.
Councilman Marion Barry

Councilman Marion Barry

The legend lives on.

By Del Quentin Wilber
Washington Post Staff Writer
WASHINGTON — Federal prosecutors today backed off their request that D.C. Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) should be sent to jail for violating his  probation on tax offenses.

Instead, Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Zeno said, Barry should be confined at his home for 30 days and a judge should extend his probation for two more years.

The change of heart came during a hearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Deborah A. Robinson, who is weighing a request by prosecutors to revoke Barry’s probation. Robinson did not rule today but said she would issue a written order in the future.

Barry’s attorney, Frederick D. Cooke Jr., said the former mayor should be released from his probation for a 2005 tax conviction. At worst, Cooke said, his probation should be extended another year.

After the hearing, Barry said he was not surprised prosecutors withdrew their request for jail time.

“They can read the tea leaves,” the former mayor said, apparently referring to tough questions that Robinson asked prosecutors during the hearing. Probation officials also stopped short of recommending jail time for Barry. They said the judge should extend Barry’s probation for two more years.

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