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National Conference on Organized Crime - Panel Session on Corruption, Part 2, Reels 1 and 2

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S K Skinner; D P Moore
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Speakers examine methods State prosecutorial agencies can use to combat official corruption; political implications of investigations of this type; and legal tools available such as the use of the grand jury, immunity, and the mail fraud and wiretapping statutes.
Agencies should start small (with one investigator and one lawyer) and attack a case with a meaningful allegation that is likely to result in conviction. The intent is to gain public credibility and cooperation. Although elected prosecutors have avoided corruption cases because of their political overtones, convictions in corruption cases can gain the prosecutor a popular base of support, making political pressures meaningless. Similarly, official corruption cases are challenging to law enforcement. Investigations require cooperation with other agencies and above average dedication. Investigators need not rely on Federal agents to perform their tasks but should have the resources to innovate and pioneer new ideas. They must also pass on information to other investigatory agencies. Efforts by Governor Walker of Illinois to combat official corruption are described. Issues raised at a question-and-answer session include local (Illinois) legislation, political problems due to investigations, and prosecutors' responsibilities. Panel members include an investigator and a U.S. attorney from Illinois, an Assistant Attorney General, a N.Y. State Special Prosecutor, and the Deputy Attorney General from Pennsylvania. For the final workshop, see NCJ 81691.