Pre-trail Pay Cut in Pennsylvania!

Pennsylvania public officials usually draw their salaries as their prosecution for alleged corruption drags on, sometimes for years.  Not State Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin, however.  The ruling stopping her pay may signal that Pennsylvania is growing less blase’ about corruption.

Save $–Get Citizen Meter-Maids

Cash-strapped Shaoyang, a city in southeast China, has redirected the energy of busybody seniors by making them minor-infraction police who get a cut of the fines.  Result: An untrained policing mob with zero sense of discretion whose neighbors are afraid to venture out.  Coming soon to a bankrupt city near you?



Harrassment: Job Condition?

This story will have legs.  The New York State Assemblyman at its center has already been censured by colleagues more used to circling the wagons when one of their own is accused. But this case is also sucking in the Assembly Speaker relative to secret payoffs to women who complained, so I think we’ll hear more.

North American Firms, Bribes Abroad

So, if you run an international business anchored legally in both the U.S. and Canada, there is a lot of law to pay attention to when some country’s  Commerce Minister suggests that she’ll have no time to consider letting in your factory because she is too preoccupied with finding financing for that new addition to her house.  Interesting from a compliance angle.