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16. Former Interior Secretary Gale Norton is focus of corruption probe
Source: LA Times

Reporting from Washington - The Justice Department is investigating whether former Interior Secretary Gale A. Norton illegally used her position to benefit Royal Dutch Shell PLC, the company that later hired her, according to officials in federal law enforcement and the Interior Department.

The criminal investigation centers on the Interior Department's 2006 decision to award three lucrative oil shale leases on federal land in Colorado to a Shell subsidiary. Over the years it would take to extract the oil, according to calculations from Shell and a Rand Corp. expert, the deal could net the company hundreds of billions of dollars.

The investigation's main focus is whether Norton violated a law that prohibits federal employees from discussing employment with a company if they are involved in dealings with the government that could benefit the firm, law enforcement and Interior officials said.

They said investigators also were trying to determine if Norton broke a broader federal "denial of honest services" law, which says a government official can be prosecuted for violating the public trust by, for example, steering government business to favored firms or friends.

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  -Former Interior Secretary Gale Norton is focus of corruption probe Heidi  Sep-17-09 12:32 AM   #0 
  - This should be interesting  BeyondGeography   Sep-17-09 12:42 AM   #1 
  - WooHoo! Couldn't happen to a more deserving myrmidon. nt  eppur_se_muova   Sep-17-09 12:45 AM   #2 
  - K & R and proud to be # 5 n/t  Oldtimeralso   Sep-17-09 12:45 AM   #3 
  - 'Bout freakin' time.  DCKit   Sep-17-09 12:55 AM   #4 
  - Please indict her, throw her in jail  Hawkeye-X   Sep-17-09 12:56 AM   #5 
  - And a poor excuse of a Coloradoan, too!  Nostradammit   Sep-17-09 02:51 AM   #6 
  - Give her a fair trial, then lock her up. n/t  NecklyTyler   Sep-17-09 04:06 AM   #7 
  - K&R  NecklyTyler   Sep-17-09 04:06 AM   #8 
  - Since Hannity and Beck  dennis4868   Sep-17-09 04:36 AM   #9 
  - Don't forget Lou Dobbs  groundloop   Sep-17-09 06:41 AM   #12 
  - Typical Republicon  SpiralHawk   Sep-17-09 04:58 AM   #10 
  - So why not go after Wendy and Phil Gramm?  Lasher   Sep-17-09 05:51 AM   #11 
  - Former Interior Secretary Gale Norton is focus of corruption probe  BCCM   Sep-17-09 10:26 AM   #13 
  - Terrific news n/t  MountainLaurel   Sep-18-09 04:10 PM   #14 
  - Good! n/t  Hotler   Sep-18-09 08:03 PM   #15 
  - Former Interior Secretary Gale Norton is focus of corruption probe  SpartanDem   Sep-19-09 02:33 AM   #16 
     - Gale A. Norton !!!!!!!  The Last Democratic   Sep-19-09 02:33 AM   #17 
     - Let's hope that Gale is just the first of many. The revolving door from gov't to industry is  bertman   Sep-19-09 02:33 AM   #18 
     - +100! And K&R for the OP!  lib_wit_it   Sep-19-09 02:33 AM   #22 
     - Another W era greedhead  Blandocyte   Sep-19-09 02:33 AM   #19 
     - After they are done with her, i hope they investiage these crooks:  Mr. Sparkle   Sep-19-09 02:33 AM   #20 
     - Good -- couldn't happen to a more deserving corpwhore  DebbieCDC   Sep-19-09 02:33 AM   #21 

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