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News:

Illinois: New US Attorney in Chicago plans to prioritize public corruption, violent crime ABC 7

Maryland: Corruption trial of Baltimore police officers begins The Washington Post

New Jersey: Judge narrows bribery case against New Jersey Democratic Senator Menendez Reuters

New York: Campaign Donor Pleaded Guilty to Trying to Bribe Mayor de Blasio The New York Times

New York: Cuomo’s Chief of Staff Testifies in Former Aide’s Bribery Trial The Wall Street Journal 

Pennsylvania: Allentown, Pennsylvania, mayor's corruption trial gets under way Reuters

USA: Was the White House protecting Flynn or protecting themselves? MSNBC (CAPI Mention)

Brazil: Brazil court upholds Lula da Silva's graft conviction Al Jazeera

Bulgaria: Bulgarian government survives no-confidence vote over corruption Reuters


Guatemala: Guatemala businessman, wanted on graft charges, seeks U.S. asylum Reuters

Honduras: Anti-corruption mission denounces legal reforms in Honduras ABC News

Mexico: Mexico federal prosecutors take on Chihuahua corruption case Los Angeles Times


Singapore: Singapore Reviewing Anti-Graft Law Amid Mounting Calls to Make It Tougher U.S. News

Raising the Bar

Reducing Conflicts of Interest and Increasing Transparency in District Attorney Campaign Fundraising 

 
This week CAPI released a report based on our independent review of the campaign fundraising practices of Manhattan Distirct Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. The report—which was requested by Vance in October 2017 following media reports suggesting that certain charging decisions may have been influenced by campaign contributions—provides seven recommendations to improve policies around soliciting and accepting campaign donations to avoid actual and perceived conflicts of interest as well as unconscious biases. Read the full report here



Also, make sure to read the press coverage of the report in the New York Times, The New York Law Journal, Gotham Gazette, New York Post,  Observer, New York Daily News, and Courthouse News
 
 
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