Tuesday, February 14, 2006
Is it my imagination, or does it seem lately that there are more instances of state prosecutors bringing corruption related charges (e.g. Tom DeLay)? This is particularly noteworthy as state prosecutors often do not have something comparable to the Petite Policy, an internal DOJ policy that advises against proceeding federally when the state has already prosecuted the case.
According to the Todelo Blade here, Tom Noe was indicted by a Lucas County, Ohio grand jury for 53 counts including forgery, money laundering, tampering with records, aggravated theft, grand theft, and RICO. The theft and money laundering charges include allegations that Noe placed state money into a rare coin business. Noe, a former chair of the Lucas County Republican Party, also faces federal charges "related to the alleged laundering of $45,400 into the Bush-Cheney re-election campaign." See also here.