The FBI says overall reports of violent crime increased by 8.6 percent in 2016, and homicides were up 4.1 percent. One analyst called the increases “ominous,” following similar upticks in 2015. Others point out that crime in the U.S. is still at modern historical lows. “What’s going on?” asked another expert. “No one really knows.”
Rod Rosenstein suggests the U.S. Justice Department will make changes to an Obama-era policy that aimed to increase prosecutions of individuals responsible for criminal acts committed during work for corporations.
Convicted former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is speaking out for the first time since beginning his 14-year sentence on corruption charges. He spoke of the “bad sounds and bad smells” in a federal prison in Colorado.
Federal prosecutors accuse Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) of accepting lavish gifts in exchange for using his political influence to help a friend. a Florida eye doctor. A new Supreme Court ruling will make it difficult for the prosecution.
The jailed Wall Street financier has been a poster symbol for the corruption and fraud that many believe led to the 2008 financial meltdown. But a new book by sociologist Colleen Eren argues that the real problem is the economic culture that allowed him to flourish.
The FBI alleges that the chief contract negotiators for Fiat Chrysler and the United Autoworkers Union colluded for six years to enrich themselves, skimming cash to pay for trips, jewelry and a Ferrari. They succeeded by plotting to keep senior union members “fat, dumb and happy.”
Court decisions narrowing the definition of illegal corruption, most recently int he case of former New York Assembly speaker Sheldon Silver, may mean that “politics as usual now seems to encompass personally profiting from horse-trading,” says one expert.