Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Inquirer: “It Was Wrong…. I Did It Anyway”

Philadelphia Inquirer depicts City Hall corruption – Part 22.

Leonard N. Ross' corruption had already cost him his wife, his law license, his assets, his reputation, and his friendship with Mayor Street. Yesterday, it cost him his freedom.

A federal judge ordered Ross to prison for 2½ years for corrupting the city's 2003 effort to redevelop the Penn's Landing waterfront.

Ross is the 22d person convicted in the City Hall corruption investigation. He used his post as chair of the Penn's Landing makeover effort to extort developers and provide inside information to a lobbyist who helped get him a sweetheart loan.

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