Former Connecticut Gov. John Rowland’s guilty plea last week to a felony charge is the latest in a growing number of federal corruption prosecutions focusing on government officials, the Associated Press says. The number has grown by as much as 15 percent nationwide over the past four years.
In 2000, federal authorities indicted 1,000 public officials. By 2002, the number had risen to 1,136. The total was stable last year; this year’s count will reflect up to a 15 percent increase over 2000.