These figures underscore why the fight against corruption and ending impunity are critical to the goals of ending poverty and achieving shared prosperity. Anne Thurston of the International Records Management Trust spoke about problems that are arising as governments become more reliant on the use of ICTs:
US Senator Harrison A. Murphy D-NY Five other government officials were convicted, Corruption of technology He then introduced Abdul to Senator Harrison Williams, who also took the bait.
Errichetti also introduced Michael Myers and Raymond Lederer to the company, and arranged meetings for them with the undercover agents.
He also introduced the "Arab businessmen" to Frank Thompson Jr. By the middle ofErrichetti had arranged meetings with an entire list of state and federal politicians who were willing to go in on the operation.
Kennedy Airport to record the transactions between the undercover agents and Errichetti. Williams then promised to steer government contracts to the venture by using his position in the Senate.
At his trial, lawyers for Williams argued that the Senator had not actually been bribed because the stock in the titanium mining company was worthless. Other defenses attempting to have the charges dismissed included that he was a victim of selective prosecution by the Justice Department because he had supported the presidential bid of Ted Kennedy over Jimmy Carter in the Democratic primary.
Later appeals made by Williams included arguments that a main prosecution witness had perjured himself and that Williams had been a victim of entrapment. The guilty verdict was upheld, and Williams was sentenced to three years in prison.
Because of the convictions, the Senate Ethics Committee voted to censure Senator Williams and put a motion to the floor to expel him for charges of bringing dishonor upon the Senate and his "ethically repugnant behavior". Supporters of Williams moved that the censure was enough, and that the expulsion was unnecessary.
The Senate voted to censure Williams, but before the vote on his expulsion could occur, Senator Williams resigned his seat. In his resignation speech, Williams proclaimed his innocence and argued that the investigation into his activities was a grievous assault on the rights of the Senate, and that other senators should be wary of unchecked investigations into their activities by other branches of the government.
He served the remainder of his term at the Integrity House halfway house, where he became a member of the board of directors until his death by cancer on November 17, He also attempted to receive a presidential pardon from President Bill Clinton but his request was denied.
Williams was the first Senator to be imprisoned in almost 80 years and, had the expulsion motion been approved, would have been the first Senator to be expelled from the Senate since the Civil War.
Linguistics expert Roger Shuy is convinced of Senator Williams' innocence. In a recording of Williams' encounter with an agent disguised as a sheikh, "At one point, the sheikh put the bribe directly to Williams: After trial, the lead juror said that had he known all the facts he would not have found Williams guilty.
Thompson was offered money in exchange for helping the Arabs overcome certain immigration laws.
Thompson abstained on the vote to expel Representative Myers, the first Congressman to be indicted. While most of the politicians resigned, Myers was expelled from the House, and Williams did not resign until the vote on his expulsion was almost to take place.
Thompson himself was not expelled from the House of Representatives because he lost his re-election campaign in to Republican Chris Smitha relatively unknown GOP candidate who in had run against Thompson as a sacrificial lamb candidate. Smith won the election by a margin of 20, votes.
Smith has since represented Thompson's former district continuously through the th United States Congress. On December 2,Thompson was indicted on bribery charges. Thompson was convicted of bribery and conspiracy charges and served three years in prison as his sentence starting in He served two years before being released, and worked as a consultant in Washington until his death in Murphy[ edit ] Frank Thompson was the one who introduced John Murphy to the operation.
Murphy is from Staten Island, New York. He was chairman for the Committee on the Merchant Marine and Fisheries. He accepted monetary bribes in exchange for his resources. His conviction was considered "receiving an unlawful gratuity" instead of bribery but he served three years in prison for conspiracy charges only.
Kelly, the sole Republican, said that he was only pretending to be involved with the bribery from Abdul Enterprises. He claimed that he was conducting his own operation dealing with corruption and that the FBI was ruining his own investigation.
However, an appeals court upheld the conviction and Kelly served 13 months in prison. He replied, "I've got larceny in my blood. I'd take it in a goddamn minute.1. Foreword by David Cameron, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Corruption is the cancer at the heart of so many of our problems in the world today.
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Corruption of Technology From remote control blinds, to hands-free vehicles, the tech-savvy world is growing throughout our generations. Slowly but surely the people of today are becoming more and more dependent on technology to do daily tasks for them. Sep 18, · In developing countries this technology is being used to empower citizens in remote areas, making information more accessible and there is no reason why the success of this technology could not be used in the fight against corruption.