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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Rangel Has to Wait for Punishment from Guilty Verdict

George Wenschhof

To no surprise, Representative Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) was found guilty on 11 of 12 ethics charges. The verdict was swift by the eight member panel, helped along by Rangel's refusal to take part in the hearing process.

The guilty rulings ranged from his failure to report rental income on overseas property, to use of rent controlled apartments for campaign/personal use.

The panel will now send their ruling to the full House ethics committee and they will decide the punishment. A formal reprimand or a censure is expected when the committee meets later this week. Expulsion from the House would require a full House vote and is considered unlikely.

Rangel still has the opportunity to speak to the ethics committee prior to them issuing their verdict.


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