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Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Duke Pleads Guilty, Admits Taking Bribes

California Congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham entered a guilty plea yesterday in U.S. District Court.
Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham pleaded guilty Monday to conspiracy and tax charges and tearfully resigned from office, admitting he took $2.4 million in bribes to steer defense contracts to conspirators.

Cunningham, 63, entered pleas in U.S. District Court to charges of conspiracy to commit bribery, mail fraud and wire fraud, and tax evasion for underreporting his income in 2004.

Cunningham answered "yes, Your Honor" when asked by U.S. District Judge Larry Burns if he had accepted bribes from someone in exchange for his performance of official duties.
Next time someone tells you that political corruption cases never get anywhere, tell them they don't know what they are talking about. Ahem.

May this be the first of many more to come. The GOP -- Heckuva Job Brownie and all the competence you can...erm...well, not so much. Okay, try again. The GOP -- we don't accept bribes...erm...that doesn't work either. The GOP -- we are tough on defense and the rule of law..erm..oh, hell. Vote for Democrats.

More from the WaPo here. From the NYTimes here. And the LATimes here.

A 19th century Louis-Philippe commode? Oh yeah, that's some bribery. Ahem.