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Location: Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, United States

Raised in Palouse, WA. Graduated from Washington State University. US Army (Counterintelligence). US Secret Service (Technical Security Division) in Fantasyland-on-the-Potomac and Los Angeles. Now living in north Idaho.


Friday, February 17, 2006

Public Corruption

On Thursday, Feburary 16, 2006, the "The U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI announced...that there is insufficient proof to charge former Spokane Mayor Jim West under a 'very narrow' federal public corruption law," according to a Spokesman-Review article by staff writers Bill Morlin and Karen Dorn Steele.

Public corruption is somewhat like pornography: easily recognized but difficult to legally prove beyond reasonable doubt without significant physical evidence. To get an idea of what is prosecuted, how, and when, see the US Department of Justice Report to Congress on the Activities and Operations of the Public Integrity Section for 2004, the most recent report available.

See also my March 4, 2005, post Public Corruption - Who Investigates It.

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