Friday, October 12, 2012

When a Bribe is not big enough for conviction!

When was a bribe not enough to be illegal? I mean really. One cannot even give a cop a free donut without some pedestrian claiming foul. Appearance of impropriety.

So we learn that  Chicago, Illinois is a place which Rod Serling wrote about, The Twight Zone.

Court: Bribes not high enough for conviction

An appeals court has reversed the bribery conviction of a Chicago zoning inspector on grounds the value of two $600 payoffs he received weren't high enough.

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago issued the ruling Thursday.

Dominick Owens was arrested in 2009 for allegedly accepting $1,200 to issue certificates permitting owners to occupy their homes after construction. He allegedly issued them without inspections.

His 2011 conviction stemmed from an investigation of inspectors dubbed “Operation Crooked Code.” It led to more than a dozen arrests.

An FBI affidavit said Owens accepted thousands of dollars from a cooperating witness.

But the court found prosecutors failed to prove the value of the bribes was $5,000 or more as required under the law used to convict Owens.

Chicago Tribune

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