The Justice Department just opened a 39 count corruption indictment in Alabama:
Federal officials announced charges Monday against 11 people in Alabama as part of a 39-count indictment alleging corruption related to the state legislature, the Justice Department announced.
The suspects are four Alabama state legislators; three lobbyists; two business owners and one of their employees; and an employee of the Alabama legislature, said Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer and Assistant FBI Director Kevin Perkins.
The suspects were charged in connection with their alleged roles in a conspiracy to bribe and offer to bribe legislators for their votes and influence on proposed legislation, the federal officials said.
“The alleged criminal scheme was astonishing in scope,” Breuer said. “Indeed, as alleged in the indictment, the defendants’ corrupt conduct infiltrated every layer of the legislative process in the state of Alabama.”
Four state Senators were also indicted (Larry Means, James Preuitt, Quinton Ross and Harri Anne Smith)- two Democrats, a Republican, and an Independent. That’s what is known as covering all bases.