Dallas Corruption

DALLAS (AP) - A federal jury in Dallas returned guilty verdicts
against a leading Dallas City Council member accused of bribery and
extortion.

Former Mayor Pro Tem Don Hill was convicted Monday of seven out
of nine counts against him relating to a bribery and extortion
scheme.

The convictions are part of what federal prosecutors called
"the largest corruption case in Dallas City Hall history." The
case alleged Hill and other ex-officials sought hundreds of
thousands of dollars in bribes from contractors interested in
building apartment complexes.

Hill's wife and several of his associates were also found guilty
Monday of various charges related to the scheme.

Hill has maintained his innocence.

Six people have pleaded guilty in the case, including the
developer accused of bribing some of the officials.


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