Indictment of this alleged corporate bagman William Riley, Jr., involved alleged violations of Miami's lobbyist disclosure ordinance.
Thanks to our all-Republican County Commission, in the throes of overdevelopment, St. Johns County does not require lobbyist registration, and it "shows.'"
Fun fact: Upon receiving a $25,000 bribe, Republican U.S. Rep. Richard Kelly put the money in his jacket pockets, asking the undercover FBI agents, "Does it show?"
Rep. Richard Kelly testified he planned to use the money to finance an investigation of the shady characters who bribed him. The jury and the Court of Appeals were unimpressed.
Rep. Richard Kelly served thirteen months in federal prison and retired to Montana.
Rep. Kelly was for fourteen (14) years a Pinellas and Pasco County, Florida Circuit Court Judge, after working as former federal prosecutor and as the Zephyrhills City Attorney. ribe from an FBI informant portraying an Arab shei, dodgy U.S. Congressman Richard Kelly, a University of Florida Law School graduate,
It was a brilliant federal prosecutor Roger Adelman, an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Washington, D.C., successfully prosecuted Congressman Richard Kelly, who was the only Republican lawmaker arrested in ABSCAM in 1980. Fun fact: I got to know the incomparable Mr. Adelman in 1987, when he was a partner at the Washington, D.C. office of the international corporate law firm of Kirkpatrick & Lockhart; Mr. Adelman was a Dartmouth College rowing team friend of, and later pro bono counsel, for my friend and mentor, former Anderson County, Tenn. DA James Nelson Ramsey. Mr. Adelman prosecuted President Reagan's assassin, John W. Hinckley, Jr. and also prosecuted drug-dealing mobsters in the "Pizza Connection" heroin case, involving heroin delivered in pizza boxes (a case that required some 500 wiretaps and listening devices: one application for one warrant for the surveillance required a thick notebook, establishing probable cause, beyond peradventure. Mr. Adelman died in 2015.
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