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20 notable politicians convicted of crimes since 2000

Published: Thursday, Jan. 23 2014 11:42 p.m. MST

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The democrat congressman reported to prison on Oct. 29, 2013 after being convicted of illegally spending $750,000 in campaign money on personal items.

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Jones
Salt Lake City, UT

Senator Ted Stevens was from Alaska, not from Arkansas.

Eliot
Genola, UT

Can I assume that Alaska's bridge to nowhere really led to Little Rock and Senator Stevens took it?

DN Subscriber
Cottonwood Heights, UT

It is unfair and pretty partisan when convictions are overturned but they appear on your list anyway- See Tom Delay, whose prosecution was a partisan hatchet job from the start.

Why is Democrat former President Bill Clinton not on the list? He was convicted of perjury and disbarred, even though his impeachment did not result in a conviction and removal from office?

How about Utah office holders?

Former Sports Director
Ogden, UT

And wasn't Steven's conviction overturned and the prosecutors sanctioned for illegal or inappropriate conduct?

homers
Provo, UT

@Former Sports Director - that is correct. His conviction was overturned and the prosecutors were found guilty of "gross prosecutorial misconduct"

DN Subscriber
Cottonwood Heights, UT

@Homer & Former Sports Director.

I guess we missed the fact that both Stevens and DeLay are guilty of a worse offense (at least in the eyes of the media). Both are Republicans.

NoBoxScot
Salt Lake City, Utah

For grins, I looked into the current status of one of your 'criminals' - Eddie Perez. Looks like he has yet to spend one day in jail but has started an insurance agency that deals exclusively with Latinos. I would find the article more valuable if you gave a more rounded article that included the current status of each person - and more revealing of how our society does or doesn't work.

erwinnightman
Provo, UT

What about Jesse Jackson Jr.? He should be #1 or #2?

t702
Las Vegas, NV

Yikes, in politics, even if you're innocent, you're still guilty ...but then there are people who become multi millionaire due primarily to politics alone i.e. Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Barack Obama. None of these guys would have gotten their millions if it wasn't for politics and they are all for the little guy right?

AllBlack
San Diego, CA

So how much time did Duke Cunningham serve in prison? and what about George Ryan? both republicans; and Ted Stevens? also republican.

Because deseret news reports here on what the sentences were for the democrats on the list like William Jefferson or Lary Langford (both of whom I've never heard of) but mysteriously the republicans don't show how much time they served. Then democrat Rob Blagojeich lists 14 year sentence but for republican Mike Crapo...no sentence is mentioned. Hmmm...Republican Rick Renzi: no mention of sentence....democrat Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick: 28 years...Hey, democrat Jesse Jackson no mention of sentence??; republican Radel no mention of sentence....but there is a definite pattern here. 90% of democrats, sentence mentioned, and about 80% of republicans, no mention of sentence, only two have sentences mentioned....... .....strange.

UtahBlueDevil
Durham, NC

The partisan crowd cracks me up. They rush to accuse the lefties as taking advantage of Stevens... and yet Stevens was indicted in a Republican state during a Republican administration. It was A.G. Eric Holder - a Democrat - under a democratic administration that put forward a "Motion of The United States To Set Aside The Verdict And Dismiss The Indictment With Prejudice" on April 1, 2009.

Prosecutorial misconduct doesn't mean Stevens didn't do what he was accused of doing - it simply means the prosecution broke the rules in trying to prove their case. He was not found not-guilty on appeal... it was thrown out because of procedural infractions. He might have been not guilty.... we just will never know.

Not the tidy little "us versus them" - "good guys versus bad guys" reality you all try to constantly project.

I think this piece does a good job laying out a level and unbiased projection of how corruption and stupidity knows no political barriers. Nit pick all you want... it doesn't change the big picture.

utahboni
Ogden, UT

In most of these cases, the people were prosecuted for doing what everyone else does. For instance Sarah Palin went on a wild NY shopping spree with campaign funds when she was running for VP. After the campaign, she was made to give everything back to the RNC, but she wasn't prosecuted.
In the case of Don Siegelman, someone he had appointed to a non-paying committee position donated to his campaign. Most of the time when something like this comes to light the campaign just has to return the donation. He is the only person, ever, in the history of the US that has gone to prison for this offense.

Archie1954
Vancouver, BC

just another couple of typical Republicans!

Bruce A. Frank
San Jose, CA

Charges against McDonnell's wife? Was she elected to office? This sounds bad, in the rabid Left leaning media. But the gifts appear legal under state law, and the burden, on the Fed, is to show that the gifts actually got favorable legislation passed or garnered some benefit. But, when have the facts gotten in the way of Obama's DOJ. Gee, where is the prosecution of those involved in Fast N Furious, IRS scandal, or to grants to Solindra (for votes and political contributions...on the surface tens of thousands from the Solindra owners went into Obama's campaign)?

4601
Salt Lake City, UT

It's apparent that misconduct is the only bipartisan activity in politics.

AllBlack: Read the article if you want to know about Crapo's sentence. Also look up the word "syntax."

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