Thispaper provides a summary of corrupt governors and their unethicalactions. Former Governor of Connecticut, John Rowland was convicteda second time. He was charged with the involvement in corruptionrelated crimes ranging from falsifying documents, obstructing justiceto conspiracy and violation of campaign laws. Mr. Rowland was alsofined $35,000 by presiding Judge Janet Arterton as further punishmentfor the offenses committed (Hussey and Santora, 2015.
The judge was unconvinced by the arguments put across by both familyand the prosecution and disputed the notion that this actions did notaffect anyone negatively. In a section of her ruling, she opined thatRowland craved influence. In the process, he destroyed thecredibility of the campaign process which had been considered freeand open. Rowland was eventually ordered to avail himself toauthorities and begin serving his sentence at the Otisville prisonfacility in New York (Hussey and Santora, 2015).
Rowland cut a strikingly different figure from what the publicenvisaged awhile back. Though considered among the upcoming talents,his political life got embroiled and tainted by corruption. Uponcompletion of a ten-month term for corruption- related charges, heappeared to redeem himself. Rowland worked on a couple of jobs deemednecessary for his public relations endeavor. His involvement incampaign politics in which he sought to enrich himself illegallyderailed his rehabilitation with incidents such as falsification ofdocuments and fraud proving detrimental (Hussey and Santora, 2015).
In another incident, New York Governor Spitzer resigned in the wakeof a sexual scandal in which he was allegedly involved withprostitutes. Revelations from highly reliable sources brought out anew scenario, thereby forcing the governor to take blame for histransgressions. With this scandal in play, the end of his politicalcareer was evident with the constitution allowing for the transfer ofpower to his lieutenant governor and running mate (Silverstein,2008).
Itwas rumored that Spitzer hired a prostitute from New Jersey for$4,300 with some claiming that he may even have spent close to$80,000 on prostitutes. Speculation was also rife that he might haveprocured government security to engage in his escapades.(Silverstein, 2008).
Richmond,Virginia played host to another incident in which Governor Bob McDonell and his wife were indicted for offenses varying from takingloans and gifts to soliciting kickbacks while still in office. Thoughthe defense tried to paint a picture of a tumultuous marriage,thereby depicting a couple incapable of engaging in corruption,evidence led bare proved the contrary. Maureen and Bob were found tobe conspirators in a plan to fleece the government through shadydeals. Both Bob and Maureen McDonell hired separate defense teams,with the view that a picture of a troubled marriage would beat thecases leveled against them (Zoroya, Madhani, Ochsner, Vasilliadisand Fox, 2014).
Former Illinois Governor Rob Blagojevich was sentenced in 2012 to 14years imprisonment for close to 18 felony counts of corruption duringhis tenure in office. Among the said crimes were bribery, extortion,illegal obtaining of funds and giving false information to Federalagents. During his conviction, the judge concurred that his crimeswere serious and amounted to serving a lengthy period behind bars. Inhis ruling, he acknowledged that the indictment was in justificationfor the people of Illinois whom he admitted had suffered immenselyunder Blagojevich’s leadership (Danziger, 2011).
Thesentence meted down on Blagojevich was the heaviest on a formergovernor with the judge stating that this indeed was for the moraland financial atrocities committed against Illinois by its head ofadministration (Danziger, 2011).
InJanuary 2017, The U.S Commodity Trading Features Commission obtainedan order against John Corzine, former C.E.O of M.F Global Inc. Theact was brought about by improper supervision and illegal use ofcustomer funds. As a result of this ruling, Corzine was barred fromspeaking or transacting any amount on behalf of parties involved. Inrelated events, Edith O’Brien was arraigned in court on charges ofaiding Corzine in his misdemeanors against various stakeholders.
BothO’Brien and Corzine were stripped of the ability to carry out anybusiness on behalf of clients for specific periods withinvestigations revealing that O’Brien supervised the transfer offunds in and out of various entities in her capacity as supervisor ofM.F Global Financial department. In this capacity, she was able toissue illegal payments in conjunction with Corzine.
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