According to a study released by the Center for Public Integrity and Global Integrity, North Carolina gets a C- on its corruption risk report card and failed in three areas: public access to information, state budgeting processes and redistricting. The report cards are a part of the State Integrity Investigation project. (Image courtesy of the State Integrity Investigation project)
Former Buncombe County Sheriff Bobby Medford, his head shaved bald, was back in court today, getting a new attorney to appeal his conviction on federal corruption charges, while the judge delayed ruling on what fees Medford will have to pay for that representation.
It worked like a charm. Video-poker-machine owners slipped the gambling devices across the South Carolina state line and into the backrooms of small restaurants and country convenience stores across Western North Carolina. The money rolled in—as much as $30,000 per machine per year—and players were lured by the prospect of winning cash, rather than the […]
A federal judge sentenced former Buncombe County Sheriff Bobby Medford to 15 years in prison on corruption and extortion charges on Oct. 6. The sentence came after a day of objections (97 in all) from defense attorney Stephen Lindsay. Judge Thomas Ellis overruled many of the objections and said that he believed Lindsay was re-arguing […]
*** CORRECTION: The original version of this article contained errors. It said that former Buncombe County Sheriff’s Lt. Ronnie “Butch” Davis, who pleaded guilty in the federal video-gambling corruption case, had requested that his sentencing be delayed while he travels to New York to testify in an estate hearing and then takes a family vacation. […]
In March 2008, Ronnie Eugene “Butch” Davis and Jack Willis “Jackie” Shepherd entered plea agreements in federal court and explained their involvement in an illegal gambling operation. The pleas are the latest in the federal government’s wide-ranging investigation into illegal gambling involving video-poker machines in Western North Carolina, a case that has netted video-poker-machine owners […]
At a press conference this afternoon, Buncombe County Sheriff Van Duncan reacted to the conviction yesterday of his predecessor, Bobby Medford, on federal corruption charges, asserting his office has changed and is focused on the future.
Former Buncombe County Sheriff Bobby Medford and former reserve Capt. Guy Penland were found guilty on all counts in their federal corruption trial this morning.
Defense attorneys for former Buncombe County Sheriff Bobby Medford and former reserve Capt. Guy Penland finished up their closing arguments today. Prosecutors shot back—and a verdict is expected tomorrow.
The prosecution in the federal corruption trial of former Buncombe County Sheriff Bobby Medford presented their closing argument today, asserting that the evidence against the former sheriff and one of his deputies is overwhelming.
An expert witness called by former Buncombe County Sheriff Bobby Medford’s defense attorney testified Tuesday that Medford’s gambling losses totaled $122,000 from 2002 to 2007, and under cross-examination agreed that Medford “put in play” more than $800,000 at casinos.
After former Buncombe County Sheriff Bobby Medford took the stand today in his own defense against federal corruption charges, he faced lengthy questioning from his own attorneys, followed by a barrage from the prosecution. He denied ever taking bribes from illegal video-poker operators.
In the federal corruption trial of former Buncombe County Sheriff Bobby Medford, a former captain testified that after hearing concerns from his campaign chair about cash being improperly turned into money orders, Medford responded, “F*ck him. We’ll keep doing what we’re doing.”
In the ongoing trial of former Buncombe County Sheriff Bobby Medford Tuesday afternoon, Hot Dog King owner Demetre “Jimmy the Greek” Theodossis said that he paid Medford’s deputies $1,000 a month to protect his illegal video-poker operation.
For 12 years, Bobby Medford served as Buncombe County’s sheriff. Last week, he entered Asheville’s federal courthouse on the other side—as a defendant in one of the biggest public-corruption cases in Western North Carolina history. Jury selection, opening statements mark first week Medford is on trial along with former reserve Capt. Guy Penland. The trial […]
This morning in the corruption trial of former Buncombe County Sheriff Bobby Medford, a convenience-store owner and video-poker operator, as well as a retired bookie, both testified that they bribed Medford to continue their illegal operations.
At the trial this afternoon of former Buncombe County Sheriff Bobby Medford, video-poker operator Jerry Pennington said he received favors from the sheriff’s office under Medford, including an honorary deputy’s badge and getting gambling charges dismissed through forged community-service documents.
In the corruption trial of former Buncombe County Sheriff Bobby Medford, a salesman for a confessed illegal video-poker operator said that he repeatedly gave bribes — sometimes as much as $3,000 — to Medford, along with legal donations to the Clerk of Court and the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners. The company also bribed the Haywood County Sheriff, he testified.
At the continuing corruption trial of former Buncombe County Sheriff Bobby Medford this morning, one of Medford’s former deputies again took the witness stand and responded to defense attorneys’ questioning by once again declaring his guilt.
Both prosecutors and defense attorneys in the federal corruption trial of former Buncombe County Sheriff Bobby Medford made their opening statements yesterday afternoon, painting very different portraits of the former law officer.
Judge Tim Ellis had hoped to get to opening remarks yesterday in the corruption trial of former Buncombe County Sheriff Bobby Medford and former reserve Capt. Guy Penland. But that proved to be “unwarranted optimism,” and jury selection continued this morning.