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Duke Pleads Guilty, Admits Taking Bribes

California Congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham entered a guilty plea yesterday in U.S. District Court.

Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham pleaded guilty Monday to conspiracy and tax charges and tearfully resigned from office, admitting he took $2.4 million in bribes to steer defense contracts to conspirators.

Cunningham, 63, entered pleas in U.S. District Court to charges of conspiracy to commit bribery, mail fraud and wire fraud, and tax evasion for underreporting his income in 2004.

Cunningham answered "yes, Your Honor" when asked by U.S. District Judge Larry Burns if he had accepted bribes from someone in exchange for his performance of official duties.

Next time someone tells you that political corruption cases never get anywhere, tell them they don’t know what they are talking about. Ahem.

May this be the first of many more to come. The GOP — Heckuva Job Brownie and all the competence you can…erm…well, not so much. Okay, try again. The GOP — we don’t accept bribes…erm…that doesn’t work either. The GOP — we are tough on defense and the rule of law..erm..oh, hell. Vote for Democrats.

More from the WaPo here. From the NYTimes here. And the LATimes here.

A 19th century Louis-Philippe commode? Oh yeah, that’s some bribery. Ahem.

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Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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