Thursday, October 27, 2005

Philadelphia City Councilman Charged With Corruption

Philadelphia City Councilman Rick Mariano, who made a brief sojourn to the top of City Hall last week to contemplate his circumstances, was indicted along with five others on corruption, conspiracy, and tax charges by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania that alleges he accepted $30,000 in bribes to assist in the award of city contracts and tax breaks (indictment here).  A Philadelphia Inquirer story (here) notes that the indictment of Mariano breaks a 14-year drought in prosecutions of City Council members, with the last one being charged with a crime in 1991.  That's not nearly as long as the White Sox went between World Series victories, but maybe for Philly that's a long time between having elected representatives hauled into court. (ph)

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