Friday, August 26, 2005
A stigma of criminality can be achieved without even charging someone with a crime. That appears to be the situation with Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham, a congressperson from California. The Washington Post here tells of despite no criminal charges being filed against the congressman, the government has alleged in a civil complaint that the congressman "'demanded and received' an inflated price for the sale of his home from a Washington defense contractor in 2003 in violation of the federal bribery statute." Obviously the government is trying to seize the home.
Civil actions that allege white collar crimes, especially when levied against a politician, can carry enormous stigma in society.