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Alabama: Alabama House Speaker's conviction adds to state's corruption troubles Guardian

New York: Platinum Partners will close main hedge fund amid corruption probe Forbes

Los Angeles: Former state Sen. Calderon's guilty plea in corruption case marks blow to political dynasty LA Times

Delaware: Seven state employees indicted for stealing over $950,000 from food benefit program WBOC

US: Navy admiral pleads guilty in 'Fat Leonard' corruption scandal Washington Post

US: Obama set to sign FOIA reform bill into law Vice

Rome: Rubbish in the streets, corruption in the air - City looks for clean-up mayoral candidate Guardian

Israel: Police's anti-corruption unit launches new probe into PM Netanyahu Haartez

Brazil: Interim president linked to Petrobras corruption probe in plea bargain WSJ

Mexico: Anti-graft legislation advances in Congress WSJ


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Ethics violations may oust leaders from all three branches of government
The architect of Alabama Republicans' 2010 electoral landslide and unanimously elected House Speaker, Michael Hubbard, was just convicted on 12 felony ethics violations. Ironically it was Hubbard's own landmark ethics bill that criminalized his attempts to sell his influence in the statehouse.

Remarkably, both Governor Robert Bentley and Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore are also currently the subject of ethics proceedings that may result in their ouster. Read our expert brief here.
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The longtime head of the NYC Corrections Officers' Benevolent Association, Norman Seabrook, was arrested last week for his involvement in a pay-to-play scheme. Seabrook allegedly took $60,000 in bribes in exchange for investing $20 million of the union's welfare fund in the Platinum Partners hedge fund. 

How is Seabrook's arrest related to the ongoing NYPD corruption probe? Read our expert brief here.
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