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Saturday, November 11, 2006

CrimProf Philip Heymann is Surprised by FBI's New War Against Political Corruption

Heyman03From Harvard University Law School CrimProf and former Justice Department Criminal Division Chief Philip Heymann discusses the New FBI Criminal Division Chief's plan to stop corruption in Congress. 

The new chief of the FBI’s Criminal Division says they might run an undercover sting on Congress. So much evidence of wrongdoing is surfacing in the nation’s capital that the FBI has also recently committed to adding a fourth 15- to 20-member public corruption squad to the FBI’s Washington field office.

CrimProf Heymann, who oversaw the Abscam investigation as chief of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division during the Carter administration, expressed surprise to learn of the FBI’s willingness to attempt another congressional sting after the outcry from Capitol Hill over Abscam.

“It shows courage at the FBI,” said Heymann. He said he concluded, after watching a recent public television documentary and listening to experts, that “there is more corruption (on Capitol Hill) than I ever thought imaginable” and that a single FBI sting “might result in very large numbers of prosecutions.” Rest of Article. . . [Mark Godsey]

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