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Fall 2011- Chapter 5- Governmental Crime- Part 2


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Unformatted text preview: as criminal and committed by state officials in the course of their official positions as representatives of the state. One example is the Iran­Contra Affair during the 1980s, discussed earlier, where government employees engaged in illegal activities to further the interests of the Reagan administration. Another is the Watergate scandal. Watergate Watergate Watergate was a political scandal involving criminal activity by a presidential administration that shocked the nation and led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon. It began in 1972 with the burglary of the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate office complex in Washington, D.C. Then came the discovery that the White House had ordered the break­in and high­ranking administration officials had conspired to cover it up. An investigation into the matter soon revealed that the Nixon administration was also participating in a range of other illegal activities, such as illegal wiretapping of political enemies and a complex money­laundering scheme. Seven of Nixon's closest advisers were indicted for their involvement in Watergate, but Nixon was spared criminal charges. A Special Problem: Police Crime A Special Problem: Police Crime An important issue in the context of state­ organized crime is the abuse of power by law enforcement; the so­called “Dirty Harry” problem. When members of law enforcement commit crimes to further their own interests, it is dealt with as occupational white collar...
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