Saturday, August 11, 2012
Corruption in the zoning process
Yet another federal criminal case demonstrating the seemingly pervasive quality of corruption in the local zoning and codes enforcement process. In US v Keen, 676 F 3d 981 (11th Cir. 2012), the zoning enforcement officer was convicted of criminal misconduct in accepting money from an undercover FBI agent, and paying bribes to two commissioners for favorable votes on the development project. the convictions were upheld, but the interesting part is the actual presentation of the corruption in the process. Who knows how much of this actually goes on; it's a safe bet that law enforcement only picks up the absolute worst, the folks who really don't know how to cover their trail very well. It is certainly a sad story for local government.