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Dec 11, 2018

Former Cuomo Economic Guru Sentenced to Prison

Former Cuomo Economic Guru Sentenced to Prison

The former head of the State University of New York's Polytechnic Institute was sentenced Tuesday to 3½ years in prison for his role in corrupting the state's Buffalo Billion project.

Dec 4, 2018

‘El Chapo’ Consort Who Changed Face Testifies About Killings

‘El Chapo’ Consort Who Changed Face Testifies About Killings

A key government witness at the U.S. trial of the alleged Mexican drug lord known as "El Chapo" has testified about the cold-blooded killings committed to further his own narcotics empire.

Nov 26, 2018

Witness: ‘El Chapo’ Paid Massive Bribes to Top Mexican Cop

Witness: ‘El Chapo’ Paid Massive Bribes to Top Mexican Cop

A government witness testifying at the U.S. trial of the alleged Mexican drug lord known as "El Chapo" claims his cartel paid massive bribes to a top law enforcement official.

Nov 15, 2018

Witness: ‘El Chapo’ Told Me to Give $100K and Hug to General

Witness: ‘El Chapo’ Told Me to Give $100K and Hug to General

A former Mexican cartel member who is testifying for the U.S. government at the trial of alleged notorious drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman detailed Thursday how the Sinaloa cartel paid bribes, preferably in...

Nov 13, 2018

Trial of Alleged Drug Kingpin 'El Chapo' Begins in NYC

Trial of Alleged Drug Kingpin 'El Chapo' Begins in NYC

The high-security trial of infamous Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman got underway on Tuesday, with a prosecutor telling jurors how the man who got his start in a modest marijuana-selling business...

Nov 7, 2018

Jury Picked for NY Trial of Mexican Drug Lord 'El Chapo'

Jury Picked for NY Trial of Mexican Drug Lord 'El Chapo'

Jury selection at the U.S. trial for Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was completed Wednesday with Guzman waiting for word on whether he can hug his wife for the first time in nearly two years.

Sep 20, 2018

Ex-Cuomo Aide Sentenced to 6 Years in Fraud, Bribery Case

Ex-Cuomo Aide Sentenced to 6 Years in Fraud, Bribery Case

A former aide so close to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo that he considered him like a brother was sentenced to six years in prison Thursday for fraud and accepting bribes. The judge said she hopes the punishment...

Jul 12, 2018

Buffalo Billion Corruption Trial Sees Key Players Convicted

Buffalo Billion Corruption Trial Sees Key Players Convicted

A federal jury in New York convicted key players Thursday on charges related to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's "Buffalo Billion" economic redevelopment program, leaving some lawyers grumbling that it's a bad time to...

May 14, 2018

Feds Drop Corruption Case Against NJ Sen. Menendez

Feds Drop Corruption Case Against NJ Sen. Menendez

Federal prosecutors have decided not to retry New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez on corruption charges, after a judge threw out some of the counts last week.

May 3, 2018

Menendez 'Severely Admonished' by Senate Ethics Committee

Menendez 'Severely Admonished' by Senate Ethics Committee

The U.S. Senate Select Committee on Ethics "severely admonished" Sen. Robert Menendez for accepting gifts from a Florida doctor.

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