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Sep 27, 2023

Menendez pleads not guilty in wide-ranging corruption case

NEW YORK — U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to federal charges accusing him of pocketing bribes of cash and gold bars in exchange for wielding his political influence to secretly advance Egyptian interests and do favors for local businessmen. Menendez made his initial court appearance in Manhattan’s federal […]

Jul 12, 2021

Russian national living in N.C. gets 5 years in bribery case

NEW BERN, N.C. (AP) — A Russian national living in North Carolina who had been accused by authorities of involvement in a $150 million kickback scheme while working for a Russian military contractor was hand a five-year prison sentence Friday after his earlier guilty plea on unrelated bribery and visa fraud charges. Leonid Teyf, 59, […]

Aug 13, 2020

Prosecutor asks 14 years for billionaire in bribery case

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A federal prosecutor said Wednesday that a billionaire Durham businessman should spend 14 years in prison for trying to bribe North Carolina’s top insurance regulator with large political contributions. U.S. Attorney Andrew Murray laid out the prosecution’s sentencing recommendation against Greg Lindberg in a filing in federal court. Murray said that […]

Aug 6, 2020

Judge upholds corruption convictions of Lindberg, consultant

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A federal judge has upheld the convictions of two men found to be trying to bribe North Carolina’s top insurance regulator with large political contributions so that scrutiny of a defendant’s businesses would be eased. A jury in March found Greg E. Lindberg, an insurance magnate and big political donor, and […]

Apr 4, 2019

Focus on investor’s political donations after bribery charge

RALEIGH (AP) — In return for a promised $2 million payout, federal prosecutors say, the investor who has recently been North Carolina’s biggest political donor wanted something from the state’s top insurance regulator: go easy on his insurance companies. Now Greg Lindberg is facing bribery and conspiracy charges, and his substantial political donations are under […]

Mar 22, 2018

Defendant charged for texting, attempting to bribe juror

CHARLOTTE (AP) A search warrant says a defendant in North Carolina texted a juror while in court and tried to bribe her. Thirty-four-year-old Wesley Westbrook is charged with harassment and offering a bribe in connection with the case. Westbrook was in court in September when the judge asked potential jurors if there was any reason […]

Mar 3, 2017

Judge convicted of bribery gets a new trial

The former Wayne County Superior Court judge who was convicted of bribing a federal agent with beer and cash will get a new day in court. In the wake of his conviction, Arnold Jones, who was facing several decades in prison, argued that he was entitled to a retrial because his trial judge, Senior U.S. […]

Nov 22, 2016

Convicted beer bribery judge seeks new trial

It took a jury about 30 minutes to convict former Wayne County Superior Court Judge Arnold Jones of bribing a federal agent with beer and cash. Now, Jones is pushing for a new trial based on his assertions that his trial judge made a disparaging remark about his lead attorney and prevented him from questioning […]

Oct 26, 2016

Judge on trial for bribery is convicted in 33 mins

As a federal prosecutor told a jury how Wayne County Superior Court Judge Arnold Jones had chosen the “path of corruption,” the soon-to-be convicted jurist was hunched over a legal pad, writing a letter addressed to “Mama.” Jones handed the lengthy note to his mother during a break between the conclusion of the government’s closing […]

Nov 11, 2015

This bribe’s for you

Beer has been helping white guys dance and unfortunate-looking folks find romance since 1862, according to posters found in dorm rooms everywhere. But the world’s greatest beverage can also serve as an effective palm greaser. That’s one takeaway from the recent federal grand jury indictment of Arnold Jones, a resident senior Superior Court judge for […]

Jul 14, 2015

Criminal Practice — Ex-Governor’s Bribery Conviction Upheld

U.S. v. McDonnell (Lawyers Weekly No. 15-01-0705, 89 pp.) (Thacker, J.) No. 15-4019, July 10, 2015; USDC at Richmond, Va. (Spencer, J.) 4th Cir. Holding: The 4th Circuit affirms former Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell’s conviction on 11 counts of corruption, rejecting all his claims of error, including his principal claim that the district court’s […]

Jun 18, 2015

Criminal Practice — Attorneys – Withdrawal – Substitute Counsel – Bribery – Entrapment Defense

State v. Smith (Lawyers Weekly No. 15-07-0616, 21 pp.) (Linda Stephens, J.) Appealed from Cleveland County Superior Court (Hugh Lewis, J.) N.C. App. Holding: Appointed defense counsel sought mandatory withdrawal and cited a Rules of Professional Conduct comment which refers to a client’s demand that the lawyer engage in unprofessional conduct. In this situation, the […]

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