Lynch Calls for RI Corruption Crackdown

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Rhode Island Attorney General Patrick Lynch is urging state lawmakers to crack down on public corruption.

Lynch, a Democrat running for governor, called for the General Assembly on Thursday to make it a state crime for public servants to violate the public trust.

He says people need assurances their elected officials are protecting the public good.

The proposed law would mirror an existing federal “honest services” fraud law that is now under review by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The bill is aimed at targeting acts of corruption that may fall short of outright bribery or extortion. Officials convicted under the law would face a maximum 10-year prison term.     

The attorney general's office has pushed the bill since 2008.
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