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Friday, July 1, 2005

Louisiana Judge Convicted of Taking Bribes

From CNN.com:  "NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (AP) -- A state judge was convicted Wednesday of a charge related to bribes he allegedly took from a bail bond company in exchange for setting affordable bonds for criminal defendants.  However, a federal jury deadlocked on six other charges, including the two most serious facing Judge Alan Green -- conspiracy to commit mail fraud and racketeering. A mistrial was declared on all six counts.  Green was convicted of a single count of mail fraud. He could get up to five years in prison and be removed from the bench.  Green, based in suburban New Orleans, was accused of taking more than $20,000 in cash, meals and golf outings from Bail Bonds Unlimited in exchange for setting affordable bonds for criminal defendants -- some of them charged with violent crimes -- with the business going to the company.  Videotapes from a hidden camera in Green's office showed him taking the money.  Green testified that it was a common practice in the courthouse for people who did business with the court to take staff members and judges out to eat. Green also said the cash he took was campaign contributions.  Green is the second state judge to face charges stemming from a long-running federal corruption probe called "Operation Wrinkled Robe."  Former judge Ronald Bodenheimer is serving a 46-month prison sentence after pleading guilty to taking bribes from Bail Bonds Unlimited, as well as fixing a child-custody case and scheming to frame an FBI informant on a drug charge."  [Mark Godsey]

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