Tag: Ethics and Official Misconduct

Next on Cuomo’s Rehabilitation Tour: Blowing Up a State Ethics Panel

In the two and a half years since he resigned as New York’s governor, Andrew M. Cuomo has spent countless hours and millions of dollars to restore his image and vanquish his critics. One of his primary targets is the state’s new ethics panel, which his lawyers argue was formed unconstitutionally and should be disbanded […]

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Hunter Biden’s $6.5 Million Patron, Kevin Morris, Draws Fire

He found a house for Hunter Biden’s new family, paid divorce costs to Mr. Biden’s ex-wife and helped resolve a paternity lawsuit from a third woman. He footed the bill for Mr. Biden’s security, back taxes and car payments, facilitated the publication of a memoir and the launch of an art career, and provided emotional […]

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Ex-F.B.I. Informant Is Charged With Lying Over Bidens’ Role in Ukraine Business

The special counsel investigating Hunter Biden has charged a former F.B.I. informant with fabricating claims that President Biden and his son sought two $5 million bribes from a Ukrainian energy company, according to an indictment in a California federal court. The former informant, Alexander Smirnov, 43, was accused of falsely telling the F.B.I. that Hunter […]

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A Columbia Surgeon’s Study Was Pulled. He Kept Publishing Flawed Data.

The stomach cancer study was shot through with suspicious data. Identical constellations of cells were said to depict separate experiments on wholly different biological lineages. Photos of tumor-stricken mice, used to show that a drug reduced cancer growth, had been featured in two previous papers describing other treatments. Problems with the study were severe enough […]

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Chief Witness Against Gaetz Is Cooperating With House Ethics Investigation

A lawyer for the chief witness against Representative Matt Gaetz, Republican of Florida, said on Friday that the witness was cooperating with a House Ethics Committee investigation into whether Mr. Gaetz had sex with an underage girl while he was serving in Congress. Fritz Scheller, a lawyer for Mr. Gaetz’s former friend and political ally […]

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Trump Should Have a Man as a Running Mate

Whoever Donald Trump chooses as his running mate, please let it not be a woman. Perhaps you think it’s beside the point to worry over this. But before writing off the vice presidency as a distraction, remember, three years ago, his vice president stood between democracy and autocracy, after he noticed at the very last […]

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CREW, the Group Behind Trump’s Colorado Case, Has Faced Partisan Pressure

No matter how the Supreme Court rules on Donald J. Trump’s challenge to a Colorado court ruling barring him from the state’s primary ballot, the case has already been a win for one group. Oral arguments in the case on Thursday represent the culmination of a long and sometimes fitful evolution for Citizens for Responsibility […]

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The Constitution Barely Survives the Mayorkas Vote

Feb. 6, 2024, 4:49 p.m. ET Feb. 6, 2024, 4:49 p.m. ET There it is, the probable answer to why the exit door plug on the Boeing 737 Max Alaska Airlines flight blew out in the air. A National Transportation Safety Board preliminary report on the incident, released today, says that four bolts on the […]

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Republican-Led House to Vote on Alejandro Mayorkas Impeachment

The House is set to vote on Tuesday on impeaching Alejandro N. Mayorkas, the homeland security secretary, on charges that he has willfully refused to enforce border laws and breached the public trust, as Republicans pursue a partisan indictment of President Biden’s immigration policies. But with just hours to go before the planned vote, it […]

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Republican-Led House to Vote on Impeaching Mayorkas Over Border

The House is set to vote on Tuesday on impeaching Alejandro N. Mayorkas, the homeland security secretary, on charges that he has willfully refused to enforce border laws and breached the public trust, as Republicans pursue a partisan indictment of President Biden’s immigration policies. Republicans are pressing forward despite the assessment of legal experts, including […]

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Ex-NYPD Associate of Eric Adams Admits to Illegal Donations Scheme

Dwayne Montgomery, a retired police inspector who was once friendly with Mayor Eric Adams, pleaded guilty on Monday to misdemeanor conspiracy, saying that he had directed straw donors to contribute to the mayor’s 2021 campaign. Mr. Montgomery was indicted in July by the Manhattan district attorney’s office, accused of a scheme to funnel campaign contributions […]

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Samsung’s Lee Jae-yong Acquitted in Stock, Accounting Fraud Case

A South Korean court on Monday acquitted Lee Jae-yong, Samsung’s top executive, on charges of stock price manipulation and accounting fraud, the latest twist in the billionaire’s legal troubles tied to a merger that helped him secure control of the nation’s largest company. Prosecutors had sought a prison sentence of five years and a fine […]

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Trump’s Former CFO, Allen Weisselberg, in Negotiations Over Perjury Plea

Allen H. Weisselberg, a longtime lieutenant to Donald J. Trump, is negotiating a deal with Manhattan prosecutors that would require him to plead guilty to perjury, people with knowledge of the matter said. As part of the potential agreement with the Manhattan district attorney’s office, Mr. Weisselberg would have to admit that he lied on […]

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Zuma’s Enduring Appeal Threatens His Old Allies’ Hold on South Africa

When the African National Congress suspended former President Jacob Zuma this week, a top party official portrayed him as a traitor to the ongoing struggle for Black prosperity in South Africa and a symbol of corruption that the organization is looking to move past. But to Vincent Mthembu, a longtime A.N.C. activist on the local […]

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New Murder Trial for Alex Murdaugh? A Judge Will Soon Decide.

At the climax of one of the most closely watched trials in South Carolina history, the packed courtroom was silent except for one woman: the court clerk, who read the guilty verdicts aloud in March 2023 that put Alex Murdaugh, a prominent lawyer, in prison for life for the murder of his wife and son. […]

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The Failed Promise of Police Body Cameras

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When the Right Ignores Its Sex Scandals

Let me share with you one of the worst and most important recent news stories that you’ve probably never heard about. Late last month, the Southern Baptist Convention settled a sex abuse lawsuit brought against a man named Paul Pressler for an undisclosed sum. The lawsuit was filed in 2017 and alleged that Pressler had […]

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Harry Connick Sr., New Orleans D.A. Criticized for Overreach, Dies at 97

Harry Connick Sr., a long-serving district attorney in New Orleans whose office gained national notoriety for prosecutorial overreach that eventually resulted in many reversed convictions, died on Thursday at his home in New Orleans. He was 97. His death was announced by his son, the singer Harry Connick Jr., in a statement. The older Mr. […]

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Cuomo Created ‘Sexually Hostile’ Workplace, Says Justice Department

The Department of Justice concluded that former Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York and his executive staff subjected female employees to a “sexually hostile work environment,” and then retaliated against several who complained, according to a settlement announced on Friday. The findings appear to largely substantiate the investigation of the New York attorney general, […]

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Former W.W.E. Employee Accuses Vince McMahon of Sex Trafficking

A former employee of World Wrestling Entertainment sued Vince McMahon, the longtime chairman and chief executive of W.W.E., in federal court on Thursday, accusing him of physical and emotional abuse, sexual assault and trafficking. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Connecticut, alleges that Mr. McMahon, who was subject to an internal investigation in […]

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Norwegian Official Resigns Over Plagiarism After Cracking Down On It

As Norway’s higher education minister, Sandra Borch was responsible for making sure that students played by the rules. When one of those students was acquitted of the offense of plagiarism, Ms. Borch appealed, taking the case to the nation’s Supreme Court. So it shocked the country when, just a few days later, Ms. Borch had […]

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F.B.I. ‘Ransacked’ My Home and Broke Down Doors, Menendez Says

The initial search of Senator Robert Menendez’s home occurred on a Thursday morning in June 2022 while the U.S. Senate was in session. It was among five searches of Mr. Menendez’s property and electronic devices that judges approved between January 2022 and September 2023 during a federal investigation into the senator, a Democrat from New […]

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Bronx Lawyer and Son Charged in Immigration Fraud Scheme

A Bronx lawyer and his son were arrested on Monday and charged with orchestrating a seven-year immigration scheme that defrauded hundreds of immigrants and caused some of them to be deported, federal prosecutors said. The lawyer, Kofi Amankwaa, 69, and his son, Kofi Amankwaa Jr., 37, advised clients seeking green cards to sign petitions under […]

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Top Cancer Center Seeks to Retract or Correct Dozens of Studies

A prominent cancer center affiliated with Harvard said it will ask medical journals to retract six research papers and correct dozens of others after a British scientist and blogger found that work by some of its top executives was rife with duplicated or manipulated data. The center, the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, one of […]

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How Nikki Haley’s Lean Years Led Her Into an Ethical Thicket

Nikki Haley had been serving in the South Carolina legislature for less than two years when she applied for a job in late 2006 as an accounting clerk at Wilbur Smith Associates, an engineering and design firm with state contracts. She needed work. Her parents’ clothing business, where she and her husband, Michael Haley, had […]

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Election Fraud Is Rare. Except, Maybe, in Bridgeport, Conn.

Two months ago, Joe Ganim received the most votes in the race for mayor of Bridgeport, Conn. This week, the city will vote again — to decide if he should even be the Democratic candidate. The unlikely and confusing situation arose after a judge ruled that there was enough evidence of misconduct in the Democratic […]

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The N.Y.C. Mayor’s Race Could Test the #MeToo Movement’s Staying Power

Roughly six years ago, as the #MeToo movement gathered steam, a credible allegation of sexual misconduct could end a political career. Al Franken, a U.S. senator of Minnesota, was forced to resign. A Democratic colleague in the House, John Conyers of Michigan, was forced out days earlier. Three Republican congressmen also stepped down: Blake Farenthold […]

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House Committee Seeks Testimony From Austin on Hospitalization

The House Armed Services Committee on Thursday asked Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III to testify next month about why he and his aides kept secret from the White House for several days that he was hospitalized after having complications from prostate cancer surgery. The committee chairman, Representative Mike D. Rogers, Republican of Alabama, said […]

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Bloomberg and Other Billionaires Donated to Eric Adams Legal-Defense Fund

A defense fund for Mayor Eric Adams raised $732,000 in less than two months to pay for legal expenses related to a federal investigation into his campaign fund-raising and possible illegal donations from the Turkish government, according to a filing submitted Tuesday. The contributors to Mr. Adams’s defense comprised an array of wealthy players in […]

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Nadine Menendez Wants Separate Trials for Herself and Her Husband

Senator Robert Menendez, the New Jersey Democrat, and his wife, Nadine Menendez, were both charged last fall in a broad federal corruption case, in which they were accused of accepting cash and gold bribes. Now their marriage is at the center of a new dispute in the case, according to legal papers filed late Monday. […]

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Fani Willis Faces Upheaval in Trump Georgia Inquiry

Nearly three years after she began investigating former President Donald J. Trump and his allies, Fani T. Willis is facing the biggest test of her handling of the landmark election interference case. Ms. Willis, the district attorney of Fulton County, Ga., was accused this week of being romantically involved with the lead prosecutor she hired […]

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