mayor Patrick Cannons

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Background Information Patrick D. Cannon is the former mayor of Charlotte, NC. Cannon served on the Charlotte city council from 1994 to 2013. He was elected Mayor of Charlotte in November of 2013. Allegations In 2010 federal authorities launched an investigation on corruption involving bribery. In five separate cases between January 2013 and February 2014 Cannon accepted more than $48,000 in cash, airline tickets, hotel rooms, and a luxury apartment from undercover FBI agents. In the last case Cannon accepted $20,000 cash in the mayors office. If Cannon is convicted of all charges he could face up to 50 years in prison and pay as much as 1.5 million dollars in fines. Bribery The act of giving money or gift giving that alters the behavior of the recipient. A promise or undertaking to induce or influence the action, vote, or influence of a person in an official or public capacity The affidavit claims Cannon also solicited a bribe of more than $1 million. He resigned from the mayor’s office the day he was arrested. Resisting Bribes as a Society As humans it is hard to resist bribes because bribes come with power and everyone wants to feel like they have power. Former Mayor Cannon had a lot of power compared to most people. Not only does it come with power but one is also getting a reward. Former Mayor Cannon received many expensive gifts and trips to give people what they wanted. Many people will take bribes without thinking of the effects it may have on others. Publics Reaction to Scandal The public feels betrayed by former Mayor Cannon. These allegations were never foreseen. The former Mayor was described as overcoming many hardships and was known to be a “honorable man”. Cannon’s was enrolled in the Big Brother Big S... ... middle of paper ... ... the government and the City of Charlotte. In his farewell speech given in December, Cannon acknowledged his family’s suffering: “I want to thank my family for their sacrifice that they’ve made, being both victims and praised for the 12 years I’ve been in office. My wife, especially, for enduring, oh in some cases, good times, but in some cases, bad times, particularly from one that dealt with the spread of vicious rumors that weren’t true, to assassinate my character on a matter that in my family’s mind as well as my own, is an abomination unto God, that also sent a few media outlets into wild-goose chases.” Farewell Cannon Patrick Cannon has resigned so what happens now? Senator Daniel G. Clodfelter has been sworn in to take the former Mayor’s place to serve the remainder of Mr. Cannon’s two-year term. Cannon awaits his trail and verdict from the Grand Jury.

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