Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Convictions in Second Philadelphia Corruption Trial

A second corruption trial in Philadelphia arising out the FBI bugging of Mayor Street and those with close ties to him resulted in a guilty verdict on most charges for the principal defendant, Imam Shamsud-din Ali, and businessman John Johnson, and an acquittal for attorney John Christmas, a former aid to the Mayor's chief of staff.  Last month, former City Treasurer Corey Kemp and four other defendants were convicted of corruption and perjury charges. The government charged the Imam, a prominent Muslim cleric and long-time supporter of the Mayor, with RICO and fraud counts related to fraudulent schemes to obtain money from government programs that went to his personal use; Johnson was charged with extortion and attempted extortion related to one of the schemes. Interestingly, Christmas was the only defendant to testify at trial, and the only one acquitted of all counts.  A Philadelphia Inquirer story (here) discusses the verdicts. (ph)

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