Judy Rapfogel is Sheldon Silver’s chief of staff and William Rapfogel’s wife. Those roles once put her at the center of power — now she’s in the crosshairs of two scandals.
New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, one of the state’s most powerful politicians for more than two decades, was charged on Thursday with pocketing $4 million from bribery and kickback schemes.
A U.S. judge on Tuesday declared a mistrial in the case against a New York state senator accused of trying to buy his way onto the Republican ticket in the 2013 New York City mayoral race, lawyers in the case said.
A sprawling New York state corruption trial could be seriously delayed or even derailed by some 300 recordings of a Hasidic wheeler-dealer chatting in Yiddish.
Israel’s ex-prime minister Ehud Olmert was sentenced to six years in jail on Tuesday for taking bribes in a real estate deal, a crime the judge said was akin to treason.
An Israeli court convicted former prime minister Ehud Olmert on Monday of accepting a six-figure sum in bribes linked to a real-estate deal, probably ending any prospects of a political comeback.
Israeli far-right leader Avigdor Lieberman was sworn in as foreign minister on Monday after his acquittal on corruption charges, a development that could further complicate peace talks with the Palestinians.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed his former foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, back to government on Wednesday after the ultra-nationalist politician was acquitted of corruption charges.
The Holyland indictments, which taint Jerusalem’s former municipal elite with massive corruption, along with the past year’s arrests of mayors on suspicion of the same sorts of crimes, albeit on a much lesser scale, have apparently left their mark on public opinion. About two thirds – 63% - of Israelis think their municipality is infected with corruption.
David Stav has based his campaign to become Israel’s next Ashkenazi chief rabbi on a message of inclusion, friendliness and tolerance.