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Political Ethics: Kathleen Kane faces Prison for Lying and Obstruction

Although former Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane is a relatively young woman, for all intents and purposes, her professional life as a lawyer is over. She has just been sentenced for a period of from 10 to 23 months in prison. She is incredibly lucky; had the judge been vindictive, she could have faced 12 to 24 years. Kane’s lawyer reasoned her shortened political-ethicssentence is punishment enough as all of her status and position is gone.  When it comes to political ethics (some would argue there are none) Kathleen Kane knew better than to make the choices she did.  And, every choice has a consequence.

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Military Ethics: General Leaks Top Secret Information to the Media

Retired four-star Gen. James Cartwright was caught leaking top-secret, classified information to the New York Times and Newsweek. When the leak was first discovered, he denied lying about the information to the FBI back in 2012.  Military ethics are being called into question.

military-ethicsJust this week General James Cartwright admitted that he had made false statements to federal investigators. At the heart of the matter was that when Cartwright became vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in 2007, he was required to sign non-disclosure agreements; 36 of them, in fact. Here is where it gets ethically “interesting.” General Cartwright retired in 2011, but he still had a top secret security clearance.

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Is It Ethical to Mock a Candidate’s Health?

As I use the social media a great deal, it is impossible to not come up against the ever-present issue of the health of the leading candidates whenever logging onto any of the highly-charged social sites.  So is it ethical to mock a candidate’s health?

mock a candidate's healthI have made the intentional decision to not use candidate names. We know that one candidate fainted at a ceremony and the other candidate has been forced to turn over complete medical records from colonoscopy results to blood tests.  Health is serious to anyone and to mock a candidate’s health is – well to me unethical.

Predictably, the Republican supporters, including the pro-Republican media mocked the health of the Democratic candidate. The Democratic supporters, including their media, mocked the health of the Republican.  Who gives anyone permission to mock a candidate’s health?

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One Door for Education Foundation – Corrine Brown and Fraud

Politicians have never been so emboldened, it would seem, to take advantage of the good-hearted people they are elected to serve. In an AP wire story (July 8, 2016) we are introduced to U.S. Representative Corrine Brown of Florida and her chief of staff, Elias “Ronnie” Simmons who decided to create and perpetuate, a charity called the “One Door for Education Foundation.”

Corrine Brown FraudThe foundation presumably was set up to provide scholarships to disadvantaged children. This was a noble undertaking, to be sure, but Rep. Brown and her cohorts turned it into a champagne-laden party of self-indulgence and excess. In fact, the fund gave out only one scholarship amounting to $1,000 while collecting $800,000. The article stated:

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The Unethical Diagnosis of Elizabeth Holmes

It is terribly easy for us to want to seek out super heroes in this day and age. There are so few of them, you see. Most of us are willing to jump on any bandwagon that comes along; celebrity, athletes, entrepreneurs and even politicians are put on pedestals before any due diligence has been positioned in place.  This is the case of the unethical diagnosis of Elizabeth Holmes.

Elizabeth HolmesBy all appearances, Elizabeth Holmes, President Obama’s 32-year old Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship was one of those people who caused inspiration, aspiration and celebration.

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Political Ethics – Mike Hubbard’s Slippery Slope to Prison

Power and money – just two components of what earned from Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard a four year prison sentence for violating the state’s ethics law.  From improperly soliciting lobbyists and companies for consulting contracts to using his office Mike Hubbard Political Ethicsto benefit his clients, Hubbard found himself convicted on a range of, what I call political ethics, violations.

A career in shambles…

Hubbard spent 18 years in the Alabama Legislature, and five as speaker of the House.

“His betrayal of his constituents, his fellow House members, and the citizens of Alabama warrants a strong, meaningful sentence in order to punish him, deter other public officials from violating the Ethics Laws, and help restore the people’s trust in their government,” Acting Attorney General W. Van Davis wrote in a brief ahead of sentencing.

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Lack of Ethics in Local Government – Fraud in Beaumont California

There must be hidden halls within the labyrinth of government where city, state and federal officials ask themselves, “Why don’t they like us? Why don’t they trust us?”  Yet too often we find a lack of ethics in local government.  It’s no wonder that local and state governments are calling often to inquire about effective ethics training.  Too many times the lack of ethics in local government has terrible consequences.

Notwithstanding the perception among many that our nation has developed a “political class,” is the notion that given the chance, our elected and appointed officials will find a way to take advantage of us. When there is a foul-up, others in government will point to those “fouling up” and say, “Well, that’s an isolated case.” Is it really so isolated?

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Ethics in the TSA – Smurfing?

If we wanted to pick just one example of a governmental agency that is badly in need of ethical training, it would be the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). That’s the agency that most travelers love to hate.  Ethics in the TSA may be by some considered an oxymoron.

Ethics in the TSAIt is a given that TSA ineptitude is leading to longer lines at virtually every airport in the nation. When “they” tell us to leave plenty of time when traveling most anywhere, the powers that be at TSA are not kidding. More than 15 years after the tragedy of 9/11, the technology required to screen travelers has not really improved. It takes us longer to go through the lines and the treatment of travelers has become more intrusive and more ineffective.  Many question if there are ethics in the TSA.

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Unethical Scam in San Clemente Water Park Project

Fraud can come in numerous ways, but always at the heart of it is an opportunity for the unethical to commit a crime in a situation where no checks, balances or expectations in place.  The San Clemente Water Park Project, a water park and miniature golf course, was the kind of investment that was easy to understand, and appealed to most everyone. Who doesn’t like to travel San Clemente Water Park Projectdown a water slide?

The problem was that the water park never got built, and indeed there was no plan to build it. The four partners involved in the scheme collected more than a million dollars from unsuspecting investors and then they spent the money on themselves. The four pleaded not guilty, of course, and they could each face anywhere from 16 to 24 years for their fraud.

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Unethical Behavior within an Organization – Flint, Michigan again!

We can sometimes be led to believe that unethical behavior within an organization is always the fault of one person or one department. If that were the case, there would be no need for ethics instruction; we’d root out the villain and be done with it. However, time and time again we find the ethics surrounding a situation are spread from management down to several departments and frequently across department lines. It happens in corporations, nonprofits and in government. It happens because good people fall silent, or are made to fall silent. It happens out of fear or misguided loyalty. It happens most of all because there is a lack of ethical training.

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