Should political leaders be allowed to retain higher positions when arrested for influence peddling?
How about if they are convicted of felony, and want to retain power from prison?
Aren't they supposed to be protected from being stopped from working, a diplomatic immunity?
Aren't they supposed to represent we the people?
(while some felons run and win election, others who are uncharged lose to dead opponents, and to 'someone else' (other))
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FBI: NY Assembly speaker arrested on corruption charges
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/01/22/new-york-state-assembly-speaker-reportedly-to-be-arrested-on-corruption-charges/ - January 22, 2015 - Associated Press
New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver [Democrat]
was arrested Thursday on charges he used his position as one of the state's most powerful politicians to collect millions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks disguised as legitimate income.
lawmaker was taken into custody at the FBI's New York City office and released later in the day on $200,000 bail on federal charges that included bribery and conspiracy. The charges carry up to 100 years in prison.
In a criminal complaint, authorities said Silver abused his power and "obtained about $4 million in payments characterized as attorney referral fees solely through the corrupt use of his official position."
In 2013, New York's anti-corruption commission began to investigate outside income earned by Silver and other state legislators. But the commission ran into resistance from Silver, and Cuomo shut down the panel
U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, the chief federal prosecutor in Manhattan, then took over the commission's files.
Silver handled a confidential settlement of $103,000 in public funds for two women who said they were sexually harassed by their boss
Former N.Y. State Assemblywoman Gabriela Rosa sentenced to year behind bars — hid income, had sham marriage to stay in U.S.
http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/assemblywoman-gabriela-rosa-sentenced-year-behind-bars-article-1.1962366 - BY BARBARA ROSS - October 3, 2014
[Democrat] Rosa admitted in June that to secure permanent illegal alien status, she paid an unidentified American man $8,000 to marry her. Her citizenship status will not be affected by the conviction.
Two-thirds of voters think Albany lawmakers are corrupt
Brooklyn Assemblyman William Boyland Jr. tossed in jail after conviction on bribe charges
http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/brooklyn/brooklyn-assemblyman-william-boyland-jr-convicted-article-1.1713067 - BY JOHN MARZULLI - March 6, 2015
Assemblyman William Boyland Jr. was convicted of extortion and soliciting bribes by a federal jury Thursday and immediately tossed in jail.
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DiMasi convicted of corruption in Cognos case(Former Mass. Speaker of House)
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2735197/posts - By Milton J. Valencia, Glen Johnson, and Martin Finucane
Democratic House speaker Salvatore F. DiMasi left the federal courthouse in Boston today after being convicted of seven of nine counts in a federal corruption case.
A jury in federal court in Boston today found former House speaker Salvatore F. DiMasi guilty of conspiring to exploit one of the most powerful offices in Massachusetts by helping a software company win multimillion-dollar state contracts in exchange for kickbacks.
DiMasi was convicted of seven of nine counts against him, including extortion and conspiracy to defraud citizens of his honest services.
A tale of 3 Speakers - Salvatore DiMasi, Thomas Finneran and Charles Flaherty: Is lure of power too tempting?
http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2011/07/a_tale_of_3_speakers_--_salvat.html - By The Associated Press on July 04, 2011
He – a woman has yet to fill the office – can reward supporters with plum committee assignments and extra stipends and punish critics by condemning them to a political Siberia in the Statehouse basement, all while blocking bills he opposes and pushing others to his liking.
Democratic House Speaker Thomas Finneran (DiMasi’s predecessor), also ran into trouble in part because of the power he wielded as speaker.
Finneran pleaded guilty in 2007 to a federal obstruction of justice charge for giving false testimony in a 2003 lawsuit over a legislative redistricting plan that diluted the clout of minority voters.
Democratic Speaker Charles Flaherty (Finneran’s predecessor), was forced from office after pleading guilty to a federal felony tax charge.
The hat trick of convictions has again prompted questions about the speaker’s clout in the marble-lined halls of the Statehouse.
"I don’t think that’s about party. I think that’s about inertia in some respect.”
“Speakers like to remain in power and they are going to be mindful of that,” he said.
One recent example of the power of the speaker over Massachusetts House members is the issue of casino gambling.
Under DiMasi, the House was opposed to efforts to expand gambling. Now under Democrat Robert A. DeLeo the House was suddenly much more amenable, provided the bill allowed slot machines at some of the state’s four racetracks.
Two of those racetracks are in DeLeo’s district.
During the 2014 corruption trial of former probation commissioner John O'Brien, prosecutors alleged that DeLeo had participated in the job-trading as a means of getting elected Speaker, although he was never charged