Another recent bail scandal comes from Connecticut. In December 2009, a bondsmen was sentenced to four months in federal prison and a $2,500 fine for "providing gifts to state employees in exchange for referrals and information regarding bonds."
Appearing in front of a House task force considering whether to recommend Judge Porteous' impeachment, Mr. Marcotte narrated how he tried to rush through as many favorable bond rulings as he could when the judge was preparing to move from the state courthouse to the federal bench in 1994.
"We wanted to make as much money as we could while he was on his way out," Mr. Marcotte said. He recalled telling associates that "we're going to wear him (Judge Porteous) out."
The judge delivered, according to congressional investigators, who found 50 bail decisions made to "maximize" Mr. Marcotte's profits during Judge Porteous' final two months on the state bench.
They included a ruling the day before his swearing-in as a federal judge. Judge Porteous also expunged the felony records of two of Mr. Marcotte's employees so they could be licensed as bail bondsmen.
Such favors from Judge Porteous, Mr. Marcotte said, came because he took the judge to expensive lunches once or twice a week, paid for at least one trip to Las Vegas for the judge and paid for repairs to three cars belonging to the judge and a fence in his home.
Philip Jacobs, 50, of Woodbridge, already has served his prison sentence, handed down in 2008. The civil penalty was part of a settlement with the Office of State Ethics for violating the state code of ethics.OK, now raise you're right hand if you're interested to see what happens next at the City of St. Louis Circuit Court?
State law prohibits anyone from offering or providing something of value to a state employee in an effort to influence the employees in his or her official capacity.
Jacobs, along with his former bail bondsmen brother and father, pleaded guilty in federal court in 2007 to charges they paid for favors. A judicial marshal and clerk at Superior Court on Elm Street and an employee at the New Haven Correctional Center on Whalley Avenue all have lost their jobs, pleaded guilty in federal court and received probation.
Three former city police officers also pleaded guilty and were sentenced to prison. Only former Lt. William White, the one time head of the narcotics squad, remains in prison.
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