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Heidi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 12:32 AM
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Former Interior Secretary Gale Norton is focus of corruption probe
Source: Los Angeles Times

The Justice Department investigation centers on a 2006 decision to award oil shale leases in Colorado to a Royal Dutch Shell subsidiary. Months later, the oil giant hired Norton as a legal counsel.

September 16, 2009 | 7:01 p.m.

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.


Read more: http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-no...
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BeyondGeography Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 12:42 AM
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1. This should be interesting
Here's an article announcing her hiring at Shell: http://www.denverpost.com/business/ci_4910177
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eppur_se_muova Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 12:45 AM
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2. WooHoo! Couldn't happen to a more deserving myrmidon. nt
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Oldtimeralso Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 12:45 AM
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3. K & R and proud to be # 5 n/t
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DCKit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 12:55 AM
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4. 'Bout freakin' time.
And if her weekly violations of the Hatch act should come to light during the course of the investigation, it would be a real shame. Especially when they get tracked back to Dick and Kkkarl.
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Hawkeye-X Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 12:56 AM
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5. Please indict her, throw her in jail
That woman is poor excuse of a Coloradan.

Thanks!

Hawkeye-X
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Nostradammit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 02:51 AM
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6. And a poor excuse of a Coloradoan, too!
;)
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NecklyTyler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 04:06 AM
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7. Give her a fair trial, then lock her up. n/t
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NecklyTyler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 04:06 AM
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8. K&R
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dennis4868 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 04:36 AM
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9. Since Hannity and Beck
have been going after corruption in the government I am sure that they will be covering this story and slamming the Bush administration for allowing this to occur.....NOT!
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groundloop Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 06:41 AM
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12. Don't forget Lou Dobbs
I'm sure he'll be all over it as well


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SpiralHawk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 04:58 AM
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10. Typical Republicon
Perverted Pharisee Family Values.
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Lasher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 05:51 AM
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11. So why not go after Wendy and Phil Gramm?
The statute of limitations has probably exempted Wendy but Phil should still be fair game.
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BCCM Donating Member (4 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 10:26 AM
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13. Former Interior Secretary Gale Norton is focus of corruption probe
Now I know what the Interior Department more specifically the USGS was doing in 2004, when they called me to say they could not investigate scientific misconduct and fraud, because all their investigators and attorneys had been shifted to over to fight the war on terrorism. We knew it was BS from the get go.

http://www.bccmeteorites.com/misconduct-planetary.html
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MountainLaurel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-18-09 04:10 PM
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14. Terrific news n/t
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Hotler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-18-09 08:03 PM
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15. Good! n/t
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SpartanDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-19-09 02:33 AM
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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.



Read more: http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-no...
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The Last Democratic Donating Member (19 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-19-09 02:33 AM
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17. Gale A. Norton !!!!!!!
Gale got her own Oil Slick. 

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bertman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-19-09 02:33 AM
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18. Let's hope that Gale is just the first of many. The revolving door from gov't to industry is
killing our democracy.

Rec.
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lib_wit_it Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-19-09 02:33 AM
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22. +100! And K&R for the OP!
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Blandocyte Donating Member (830 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-19-09 02:33 AM
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19. Another W era greedhead
Let's hope they'll all squirm under serious scrutiny.
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Mr. Sparkle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-19-09 02:33 AM
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20. After they are done with her, i hope they investiage these crooks:
Edited on Fri Sep-18-09 08:27 PM by Mr. Sparkle
Former Congressman Billy Tauzin, R-La., who steered the Medicare Part D bill through the House, retired soon after and took a $2 million a year job as president of Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), the main industry lobbying group. Medicare boss Thomas Scully, who threatened to fire Medicare Chief Actuary Richard Foster if he reported how much the bill would actually cost, was negotiating for a new job as a pharmaceutical lobbyist as the bill was working through Congress. A total of 14 congressional aides quit their jobs to work for the drug and medical lobbies immediately after the bill's passage.

all those sob's should be locked up.

* apologizes for the semi thread hijack

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DebbieCDC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-19-09 02:33 AM
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21. Good -- couldn't happen to a more deserving corpwhore
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