Editorials

May 20, 2014

Editorial countdown: End legislators immunity from prosecution

Circuit Judge Casey Manning ruled on May 12 that the attorney general can’t prosecute legislators without their permission for taking bribes, converting campaign funds to personal use or otherwise profiting from office. The Legislature must act before the June 5 adjournment to make it clear that ethics violations are in fact crimes and that the attorney general can prosecute them without legislators’ permission.

9: Legislative days left for legislators to close the Manning Loophole.

Circuit Judge Casey Manning ruled on May 12 that the attorney general can’t prosecute legislators without their permission for taking bribes, converting campaign funds to personal use or otherwise profiting from office. The Legislature must act before the June 5 adjournment to make it clear that ethics violations are in fact crimes and that the attorney general can prosecute them without legislators’ permission.

Read our editorial at thestate.com/editorials, and go to thestate.com/1092 for commentary, and to learn how to contact your legislators. Read Cindi Scoppe’s column on our bulletproof legislators.

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