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this week in corruption [Dec. 9th, 2008|09:58 am]
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- In a shocking upset, Congressman William Jefferson (D-LA) lost his reelection bid on Saturday in a very Democratic district. He had been indicted on corruption charges before but still managed to win his primary. The FBI famously found $90,000 of cash in his freezer. Hooray to the voters in LA-2 who finally saw the light!

- Just in: Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich and his chief of staff were just arrested by the FBI on corruption charges. They're alleging they "conspired to gain financial benefits in appointing President-elect Barack Obama's Senate replacement", which obviously is pretty embarrassing for Obama.

[User Picture]From: medryn
2008-12-09 04:19 pm (UTC)
He was probably just keeping his money in the freezer because it was giving better returns than stocks and bonds.
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From: abstractseaweed
2008-12-09 06:36 pm (UTC)
I'm glad to live in a country where corruption is punished. Greedy people can exist anywhere, but our system is reasonably good at preventing the widespread, entrenched corrpustion that some other places have.
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From: abstractseaweed
2008-12-09 06:38 pm (UTC)
corrpustion? yeah, it's a new word, kind of like corruption but misspelled.
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From: abstractseaweed
2008-12-09 06:41 pm (UTC)
or like a corrupted version of "corruption". I was too slow to come up with that earlier. I'll stop now.
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[User Picture]From: gregstoll
2008-12-09 09:10 pm (UTC)
I agree! I'm not sure how to build up a culture that punishes corruption, but it's nice that we have one and people do get sent to jail for this sort of thing...
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