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1 posted on 11/05/2007 12:41:35 PM PST by calcowgirl
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Contractor convicted of bribing Cunningham
Associated Press, 11/05/2007 11:43:23 AM PST

SAN DIEGO—A defense contractor was found guilty Monday on all counts of bribing former San Diego Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham in what has been the only trial to emerge from the nation's biggest Congressional corruption scandal.

Brent Wilkes was convicted of 13 counts of conspiracy, bribery, money laundering and wire fraud. He faces up to 20 years in prison.

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Two co-conspirators also have pleaded guilty to felony crimes in their dealings with the lawmaker, including former Wilkes employee Mitchell Wade, who admitted giving Cunningham more than $1 million in kickbacks for about $150 million in government contracts.

In a separate federal case, Wilkes is charged with offering former CIA executive director Kyle "Dusty" Foggo, a childhood friend, a job and treating him to luxurious golf vacations in return for help getting contracts from the supply agency.

Wilkes' lawyers have said their client was simply being generous to an old friend. Both men have pleaded not guilty to 30 counts of fraud, conspiracy and money laundering.

No trial date has been set in that case.

2 posted on 11/05/2007 12:42:44 PM PST by calcowgirl ("Liberalism is just Communism sold by the drink." P. J. O'Rourke)
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Chances are Cunningham is not the only crook in Washington they bribed. Facing 20 years, maybe this guy will name some names.


4 posted on 11/05/2007 12:51:54 PM PST by Brad from Tennessee ("A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.")
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Cunningham, a Navy top-gun pilot turned congressman turned criminal, is serving an eight-year sentence for his admission that he took $2.4 million in bribes.

Not long enough for what crooks like this do to the party.

7 posted on 11/05/2007 12:58:14 PM PST by esarlls3
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To: calcowgirl

Is that the only attorney he could get?!

14 posted on 11/05/2007 2:33:26 PM PST by kcvl
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Prosecutors said Wilkes greased Cunningham to earmark federal money for Wilkes' company, and had the congressman bully Pentagon staffers who questioned the invoices or the work.

My first reaction to this article was: How could this happen since defense contracts are placed by DOD or other agencies. Congress doesn't give out contracts.

The quote above explains it all. Earmarks are the answer. If ever there was a scheme designed to solicit bribes it has to be the use of Earmarks. The great Dennis Hassert plan for 1000 years of Republican rule by earmarking the Pubbies to victory has really come home to roost.

The lesson we all should learn from this is simply that Earmarks are both the facilitator and the indicator of corruption in government. They should be outlawed.

18 posted on 11/05/2007 3:40:51 PM PST by InterceptPoint
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And what a congress of stinks!- Roots ripe as old bait, Pulpy stems, rank, silo-rich, Leaf mold, manure, lime, piled against slippery planks, Nothing would give up life: Even the dirt kept breathing a small breath.
- Theodore Roethke


20 posted on 11/05/2007 4:00:32 PM PST by traviskicks (http://www.neoperspectives.com/Ron_Paul_2008.htm)
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