The nominations keep pouring
in. The on-going Dallas and Schenectady scandals remain on hold,
and thanks, but only honorable mentions to Seattle (heroin-dealing cop)
and Middle Township, NJ (drug detective retired for using civilian informants
to do illegal surveillance). This week's winner is Nevada's Lander
County Sheriff Michael Kranovich. He was found guilty of embezzling
asset forfeiture funds given to the county by the federal government in
federal court in Reno on October 25. He is not seeking re-election
to a second term, according to the Las Vegas Review Journal.
Sheriff Kranovich was convicted
of taking $12,000 and $5,000 from the asset forfeiture fund after failing
to adequately explain where the money had gone. At one point, he
told KOLO-TV in Reno that some of the cash might have been thrown away
when he cleaned his desk.
Kranovich faces up to 10
years in prison and a $250,000 fine on each count, plus restitution, but
remains free on his own recognizance until his February 10 sentencing.
No word on whether he's still the sheriff.
-- END --
Issue #261, 11/1/02
Editorial: The Space Between the Lines | Ninth Circuit Appeals Court Says Feds Can't Punish Doctors for Recommending Medical Marijuana | Learning the Hard Way in Ohio: The Trials and Tribulations of Issue One | DRCNet Book Review: "Addict in the Family," by Dr. Andrew Byrne | DRCNet Interview: Dr. Harry G. Levine | More Than 700,000 Marijuana Arrests Last Year -- Meanwhile, Violent Crime on Increase | November Coalition Roadshow Hits East Coast | DRCNet Survey/Book Giveaway Contest | Newsbrief: Rockefeller Kin Arrested in Rockefeller Law Protest | Newsbrief: Euro Parliamentarians Found Guilty, Scolded by Judge in Manchester Marijuana Civil Disobedience | Newsbrief: This Week's Corrupt Cop Story | Newsbrief: UN Says Afghan Opium Crop Up Almost Twenty-Fold Over 2001, Trade Employs a Half-Million People | Newsbrief: Liberia Prepares to Join the Drug War | Newsbrief: Chattanooga Jail Full, Faith-Based Alternative Sentencing Offered to Drug Offenders | Newsbrief: Mississippi Supreme Court Bars Telephonic Warrants, but Says It Was Okay Just This Once | Newsbrief: Seattle Initiative to De-prioritize Marijuana Enforcement Makes 2003 Ballot | Media Scan: William F. Buckley in National Review, 2002 Voter Guides and Election Resources | Calling on Students to Raise Your Voices for Repeal of the HEA Drug Provision | Action Alerts: Rave Bill, Medical Marijuana, Higher Education Act Drug Provision | The Reformer's Calendar
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