Mike: Everyone should read Whitecaps Dec,1 article today. Has always it is very informative. Thank you Bill your timing could not be better.
In Idaho we have state laws prohibiting bribery and corruption. Why does the FBI make a "federal case" out of something that could be handled locally? The very simple and accurate answer is that local officials (police, sheriffs, prosecutors, judges) are unwilling or unable to properly investigate and prosecute it. They are local officials subject to local social, political, and economic pressures. If the local authorities were properly investigating local-level public corruption and successfully prosecuting it, there would be no need for federal involvement. It's when the local authorities cannot or will not perform their duties that the federal government will step in -- Bill McCrory/Whitecaps (full post "Public Corruption -- Getting Close to Home?" here).
DFO: Thanks for pointing Bill's post out.