Ex-Chicago cop who kidnapped, robbed drug dealers ordered released from prison 6 years early due to COVID-19 threat
CHICAGO — Corrupt Chicago narcotics cop Glenn Lewellen, convicted of teaming up with a vicious gang member to kidnap and rob other drug dealers, has been ordered released from prison more than six years early due to the threat of coronavirus.Lewellen, 64, was sentenced in 2013 to 18 years in prison for his conviction on federal narcotics conspiracy charges. Prosecutors said Lewellen conspired with Saul Rodriguez, the officer’s paid confidential informant, in eight robberies and kidnappings between 1998 and 2006.In several robberies, Lewellen showed up wearing his police vest and badge, hogtied...
Editorial: The Obamagate fake out: Bill Barr helps write the GOP's 'cry corruption' playbook
Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain. Attorney General Bill Barr — who famously whitewashed the Mueller report ahead of time and who just two weeks ago dropped the Justice Department’s case against Michael Flynn — isn’t suddenly practicing objectivity.At a press conference Monday, Barr addressed U.S. Attorney John Durham’s review of FBI behavior in its investigation of the Trump campaign’s 2016 ties to Russia. Pushing back against President Donald Trump’s “Obamagate” allegations, Burr said, “As to President Obama and Vice President Biden, whatever their level of involvement, based on...
New York Daily News
Editorial: Journalism is never more vital — and at risk
Remarkable journalism exposed corruption, righted wrongdoings and held government accountable in 2019.This is highlighted by the recently announced Investigative Reporters & Editors awards. They laud stories exposing abuse of children, bribery and state prison system failures, among other wrongs.Sadly, the list could be a high-water mark.While news readership is surging during the pandemic, many outlets are doing stellar work and reporters’ zeal for investigative work continues, that’s not enough. The crisis is accelerating the downward spiral of the news business.Several IRE winners and final...
The Seattle Times
Former Venezuelan attorney general implicated in US bribery case in Miami
MIAMI — A former Venezuelan attorney general has been implicated in a major U.S. corruption case accusing a one-time oil contractor of using South Florida banks to funnel bribes to her to block criminal charges against his companies in Venezuela.Although the former high-ranking official is not named in a Miami criminal case, sources familiar with the U.S. investigation say Luisa Ortega Diaz is “Venezuela Official 1” in a charging document and is suspected of accepting bribes from Carlos Enrique Urbano Fermin. His companies did business with subsidiaries of the national oil company, PDVSA, and ...
Venezuela's top judge was paid bribes for favors, spent millions in Miami, feds say
MIAMI — The highest-ranking judge in Venezuela — on par with the chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court — doled out legal favors to obtain millions in bribes paid through Miami and foreign bank accounts that he spent on chartered private jets, expensive watches and other luxury goods in South Florida, federal prosecutors say.Maikel Moreno, president of the Supreme Tribunal of Justice, was charged on Thursday with laundering bribes that he accepted from white-collar defendants seeking breaks in their high-stakes fraud and financial cases in Venezuela.Moreno, whose criminal case was filed in Mi...
Ex-UAW president Gary Jones charged in corruption probe
DETROIT — Federal prosecutors have charged Gary Jones, the former head of the UAW, in the corruption probe.The charges, which accuse Jones, among other things, of conspiring to embezzle union funds and aiding racketeering activity, were unsealed Thursday. They were filed as an information in U.S. District Court in Detroit, meaning Jones is expected to plead guilty.Jones resigned in disgrace last year after he was implicated in federal court papers which said he was one of several top union officials who had embezzled more than a million dollars and spent it on meals, cigars and other lavish go...
Detroit Free Press
Rod Blagojevich accused of 'moral turpitude' at hearing on his law license
CHICAGO — Rod Blagojevich was famously convicted of an array of brazen corruption schemes as governor, but in a cramped administrative hearing room on Tuesday he was accused of something else.Moral turpitude.Merriam-Webster defines turpitude as “depravity,” and it’s the somewhat nebulous legal standard — which essentially boils down to an egregious breach of trust — that state regulators say should cause Blagojevich to lose his law license permanently. And Exhibit A, they argue, is Blagojevich’s own crimes.In a 90-minute hearing, attorneys for the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinar...