Wednesday, July 23, 2014

20 notable politicians convicted of crimes since 2000 (20 items)

By , Deseret News

Jan. 23, 2014

On Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, former Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell was indicted along with his wife on charges of accepting illegal gifts. It is a 14 count indictment, following a lengthy investigation that alleges fraud, false statements, and obstruction.

In light of these recent allegations, we have compiled a list of 20 other notable politicians who have been arrested, indicted or convicted since 2000.

1 of 20. Former Connecticut Gov. John G. Rowland, Republican

Rowland resigned from office and later pleaded guilty to one-count of deprivation of honest services on December 23, 2004.

Rowland was allegedly using public funds to pay for vacations and other extravagences. He served 10 months in a federal prison.

2 of 20. Former Rep. Frank Ballance, D-N.C.

The former congressman was sentenced to four years in prison on October 12, 2005 for conspiring to defraud taxpayers.

3 of 20. Former Rep. Duke Cunningham, R-Calif.

The congressman pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit bribery, mail fraud, wire fraud and tax evasion on Nov. 28, 2005.

4 of 20. Former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman, Democrat

Siegelman was found guilty of bribery, mail fraud and obstruction of justice on June 29, 2006. He was sentenced to 88 months in prison.

5 of 20. Former Illinois Gov. George H. Ryan, Republican

On Sept. 6, 2006 the former governor was sentenced to prison on fraud and racketeering charges.
1. Jones
Salt Lake City, UT,
Jan. 24, 2014

Senator Ted Stevens was from Alaska, not from Arkansas.

2. Eliot
Genola, UT,
Jan. 24, 2014

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

3. DN Subscriber
Cottonwood Heights, UT,
Jan. 24, 2014

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?

4. Former Sports Director
Ogden, UT,
Jan. 24, 2014

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

5. homers
Provo, UT,
Jan. 24, 2014

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