Skip to comments.WHICH FREEPER HAS THE MOST CORRUPT STATE?
Posted on 10/18/2002 4:42:56 PM PDT by Libloather
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I just did a quick search and found this:
A LONG WAY BACK
Political corruption is woven deeply into the fabric of Louisiana's history, affecting most branches of state government.
Jean Baptiste le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville French colonial governor of Louisiana four times between 1701 and 1743, was fired several times on charges of corruption and malfeasance in office. He went in and out of office depending on the state of politics in Paris.
Antoine de Lamothe, Sieur de Cadillac French colonial governor 1713-16, was sent to the Basille on Sept. 27, 1717, in a financial scandal. A successor, Louis Bilouart, Chevaliere de Kelerec (governor 1753-63), met the same fate.
Gov. Charles Phillippe Aubry (1765-66) spent the colony into bankruptcy, prompting French authorities to palm it off on Spain.
William Pitt Kellogg , a Reconstruction era governo (1873-76) wa so unpopular that President Grant had to send in troops to keep him in office - despite the fact that he lowered taxes.
Gov. Samuel D. McEnery (1881-1888) escaped serious scandal of his own, but his state treasurer, Edward A. Burke, emptied out the vaults and took off for Honduras.
During the 1880s, the Louisiana Lottery was rife with corruption, with operators accused of bribing public officials, newspaper reporters and editors. The lottery was finally put out of business in 1892 by Gov. Murphy Foster, grandfather of the present governor. The grandson is in his second term.
In 1929, Gov. Huey P. Long was impeached by the House on 19 counts, including bribery and other offenses. He was never convicted by the Senate, however, because enough senators signed a "round robin" agreeing not to convict no matter what the evidence.
In 1940, Gov. Richard Leche and Louisiana State University President James Monroe Smith went to prison after a serices of events that became known collectively as the "Louisiana Scandals." Leche resigned as governor shortly before he was convicted in federal court on mail fraud charges stemming from allegations that he took kickbacks on a state road construction project. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison and served 3 1/2 years. Leche is the only Louisiana governor since statehood to have been imprisoned. Public outrage over the scandal resulted in the election of a reform governor, Sam Jones, in 1940.
In 1969, Life Magazine published an article linking the administration of Gov. John McKeithen to alleged mobster boss Carlos Marcello. There was a lengthy investigation, but McKeithen was never officially accused of any wrongdoing.
Then - Attorney General Jack P.F. Gremillion was indicated in 1969 on charges of lying to a grand jury about his involvement in a savings & loan company. He was convicted in 1971 and served 15 months in prison.
In 1973, early in Gov. Edwin Edwards' first administration, the media reported that he was involved with some political cronies in a questionable New Orleans real estate deal called TEL Enterprises. That touched off a grand jury investigation, but no indictments resulted.
In 1976, Edwards admitted that a South Korean businessman gave Edwards' wife $10,000. He later admitted that an aide to the South Korean businessman had contributed $10,000 to Edwards' 1971 election campaign.
Former state Agriculture Commissioner Gil Dozier was convicted in 1980 on federal racketeering and extortion charges for shaking down businesses that dealt with or were regulated in some way by his department. In 1982, a federal judge revoked Dozier's appeal bond and increased his sentence to 18 years because of claims that Dozier planned a break-in at another man's office and tried to get a juror to falsely claim misconduct during Dozier's trial. Dozier was not formall y charged with jury tampering. But U.S. District Judge Frank Polozola, revoking the probation he had previously given Dozier on one of the counts against him, said prosecutors had enough evidence to convict him on the tampering charge.
In 1981 Charles "Budgie" Roemer, Edwards' former commissioner of administration (and father of future Gov. Buddy Roemer) was convicted along with alleged mob chief Carlos Marcello and others of bribery to obtain state insurance contracts in a federal sting operation known as Brilab. Edwards was not implicated. The convictions were overturned in 1989.
In 1982, state Senate President Michael O'Keefe was indicted for swindling his business partners. He was convicted in 1983 on charges of bilking a failed insurance company. He was sentenced to 19 years and is now in a federal prison.
In 1982, a federal grand jury investigated a deferred compensation program for state employeers that was instituted under Edwards, but Edwards was never indicted.
In 1985, Edwards was indicted by a federal grand jury on racketeering and fraud charges. Prosecutors said that while out of office between his second and third terms (1980-4), he conspired to obtain and sell state hospital and nursing home approvals, which entitle developers to substantial federal reimbursement of their costs, and that he aided the conspiracy when returned to office in 1984. Edwards' first trial in 1985 ended in a hung jury, he was retried and acquitted in 1986.
In 1990, Insurance Commissioner Doug Green was indicted on fraud and money laundering charges in connection with the collapse of Champion Insurance Co. He was convicted in 1991 and is serving a 25-year prison sentence.
In 1992, after Edwards took office for the fourth time, he made legislative approval of the New Orleans casino his top priority. The casino bill was brought up unexpectedly in the House after a bitter fight over a prevailing wage bill and most members thought they were about to adjourn for the day. After the voting machine was opened, dozens of members screamed that their votes had been incorrectly recorded, and the machine was left open fr nearly 20 minutes, something that has never happened before nor since. The bill narrowly passed.
In 1993, Insurance Commissioner Sherman Bernard was indicted for taking payoffs while in office. He was convicted and served a brief prison term.
In 1999, longtime Elections Commissioner Jerry Fowler was indicted by a state grand jury and accused of taking millions of dollars in kickbacks from inflated voting machine contracts. He was defeated for re-election and is awaiting trial.
Insurance Commissioner Jim Brown was indicted in 1999 along with Edwards and others on federal charges of mishandling the liquidation of a failed insurance company. He is awaiting trial. Brown won re-election despite the indictment. You will notice that the last three Insurance Commissioners: Brown, Bernard and Green, have all been indicted for corruption.
Charles Schumer. Need I say more?
Gotta call you on premature celebration. Hardly any foul, no penalty...
I can tell you it's not Texas because we still think capital punishment is a viable option in these parts. The crooks know they can't get away with too much around here.
Only because the Clintoon hasn't been there since leaving office.
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LonePalm, le Républicain du verre cassé (The Broken Glass Republican)
I'm from Louisiana and moved to Washington state five years ago. I can promise you that a state governed by competent crooks (Louisiana) is better than one governed by incompetent do-gooders (Washington).
I just saw a pole from Chicago that said Illinois was the most corrupt and to prove it they admitted that 20% of the names on the survey were deceased people.
Wasn't that used in the '78 Rose Bowl game?
Again, we revert back to Cally - no?
Yeah right...now his dumb ass brother is gonna pull a Ross Perot and deliver us up to Doyle...the guy that wants to have every cartridge and every primer owner charged with felonies unless they are for single shot rifles.... Not to mention Doyle's inability/unwillingness as a prosecutor to go after certain crooked democrats?
An admitted criminal. Commendable...
Florida hasn't weighed in yet. Do you have butterfly ballots?
My home state of Pennsylvania should get some mention here. The list of criminals in public office in PA is incredibly long, and getting longer all the time.
And the other signs of corruption are apparent in certain conditions here. You drive up US Route 1 from Maryland on perfect asphalt road, and the minute you cross into PA it's like you've entered the trenches at Stalingrad, in spite of the ridiculously high taxes. PENNDOT has got to be the most corrupt highway department in America.
It's posts like yours that has me addicted to FR.
Where law enforcement (at least in my hometown) is not just associated with .... but actually members of .... the Teamsters!!! A known criminal organization!!!
When do we throw the Revolution ...
HOLD IT....were'd everyone GO!....
Even my "representative", nick smith, is not worth the ballot he's printed on.
Hey, apologize! You left me laughing so hard I was crying!
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