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Pardon applicants benefit from friends in high places (like Jack Kingston)

Pardon applicants benefit from friends in high places (like Jack Kingston)
December 6, 2011 --

Dale Critz Jr. had millions riding on his bid for a presidential pardon. Scion of a prominent family in Savannah, Critz was poised to inherit the luxury car dealerships his grandfather had built. But Critz’s past blocked his way. Years earlier in Florida, he pleaded guilty to a felony for his part in a scheme to falsify loan documents for low-income car buyers. The conviction could have prevented him from owning the family business. So in late 2000, Critz embarked on a campaign for forgiveness, enlisting the help of Republican Rep. Jack Kingston, a family friend, Georgia neighbor, and regular recipient of political donations from Critz and his family.

Secret Docs Show Foreclosure Watchdog Doesn’t Bark or Bite

October 5, 2011 --

Documents obtained by ProPublica suggest the government coddled mortgage servicers in its flagship foreclosure prevention program despite frequent and serious errors.

Inconsistencies surface in feds’ accounts of detainee’s death

Inconsistencies surface in feds' accounts of detainee's death
March 12, 2010 --

A federal detainee who died in Georgia last year of a treatable heart infection had suffered chest pains for the previous three days, contradicting officials’ prior account of the man’s death, an advocacy group said Thursday.

White House gives agencies transparency to-do list

White House gives agencies transparency to-do list
December 8, 2009 --

Open government advocates got an early holiday gift from the White House today. The Office of Management and Budget released the detailed directive to federal agencies on transparency that President Barack Obama called for on his second day in office. The 11-page directive sets out specific tasks for agencies and gives them deadlines.