Congressman's Bribery Case

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

There's a guilty plea to federal corruption charges from California Republican Congressman Randy Cunningham.

Cunningham answered "yes, Your Honor" when asked by U-S District Judge Larry Burns in open court today in San Diego if he had taken bribes in exchange for performance of his official duties.

Cunningham sold his home two years ago to a defense contractor at an apparently inflated price. Around the same time that man's company saw its defense revenues triple. Cunningham is a member of a House subcommittee that controls defense dollars.

He entered guilty pleas to charges of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and tax evasion.

The eight-term congressman is a former Vietnam War flying ace who is known as "Duke." He's known for his interest in defense issues, and for his occasional outbursts.

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