No. 103

Stories you may have missed this week...


Arkansas: Jury continues deliberations in corruption trial of former state senator Arkansas Online

New subpoena in City Hall bribery investigation AJC

Illinois: Former UIC employee accused of pocketing more than $200K in bribery scheme Chicago Tribune

New York: The Sheldon Silver Trial: Take Two New York Times (CAPI Mention

USA: When you are and aren’t legally allowed to lie to the FBI The Washington Post (CAPI Mention)

USA: New scrutiny of potential Manafort links with Russia Politico (CAPI Mention)

Australia: Ipswich City Council mayor Andrew Antoniolli resigns, entire council dropped AU News

Brazil: Brazil agriculture minister faces corruption charge Reuters

Puerto Rico: Puerto Rico govt official resigns amid corruption probe The Wall Street Journal 

Ukraine: Ukraine anti-corruption court can start work early 2019 - prosecutor Reuters


Busted Leaders, Boosted Economies? The New York Times Magazine


Raising the Bar

The vast majority of district attorneys are ethical and honest public servants, who make their decisions based entirely on appropriate, fact-based, and relevant criteria. But the combination of (a) very high individual donation limits, and (b) the lack of rules or even guidance for when and how district attorneys should avoid situations where campaign donors are involved in cases before the office, has led to the perception that some district attorneys may be operating under conflicts of interest. Make sure to watch CAPI's conference from last month where we explored these ethical issues in DA campaign fundraising, and proposed how to find permanent solutions, with experts in the field. Also read our recommendations on how to reduce conflicts of interest and increase transparency in district attorney campaign fundraising here.

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