No big names in Bush's batch of pardons

WASHINGTON, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- The White House announced that President George W. Bush issued 14 pardons to convicted criminals in the home stretch of his second and final term in office.

Bush asked to cut Cunningham's sentence

WASHINGTON, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- Disgraced former U.S. Congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham deserves to have his federal prison sentence commuted by President George Bush, supporters contend.

Former No. 3 at CIA pleads guilty to corruption charge

WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- The former No. 3 official at the CIA pleaded guilty to corruption in federal court in Virginia Monday, admitting he had steered agency contracts to a friend, concealed their relationship and accepted tens of thousands of dollars worth of gifts from him.
SHAUN WATERMAN, UPI Homeland and National Security Editor

Contractor sentenced to prison for bribery

SAN DIEGO, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- A California defense contractor has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for bribing a Republican congressman to win lucrative government contracts.

Defense contractor faces 60 years in jail

SAN DIEGO, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- Federal probation officers recommend a defense contractor convicted of bribing a former U.S. congressman should be jailed for 60 years, court records show.

Analysis: Ghost of outsourcing yet to come

WASHINGTON, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- It is that time of year again, when we both look back at what happened and what will be. Just as Ebenezer Scrooge did, aided by the Ghosts of Christmas Past and the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come in Charles Dickens' famous classic, "A Christmas Carol." So in the spirit of Christmas let's look at the issue of national security and privatization.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2007.
By United Press International

Defense contractor guilty of bribery

SAN DIEGO, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- A Southern California defense contractor faces as long as 20 years in prison for bribing former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham.

U.S. Reps. refuse bribery case subpoenas

WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- Subpoenas in the bribery trial involving former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham, R-Calif., have been rejected by 13 members of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Banker's guilty plea unsealed

SAN DIEGO, June 15 (UPI) -- A banker has admitted he financed a home for former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham, R-Calif., to maintain a relationship with him.

New charges for Cunningham associates

SAN DIEGO, May 12 (UPI) -- A former top CIA official has been charged with improperly trying to steer a $132 million project to a contractor implicated in a prior U.S. corruption case.

FBI agent who defended Lam retires

SAN DIEGO, March 29 (UPI) -- The FBI agent in charge in San Diego, under fire for coming to the defense of dismissed U.S. Attorney Carol Lam, has decided to retire.

Gonzales: Lawyer firings not political

WASHINGTON, March 14 (UPI) -- U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, in a flurry of network news appearances, Wednesday denied the firings of eight U.S. attorneys was political.

Former CIA executive director indicted

SAN DIEGO, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- Former CIA Executive Director Kyle "Dusty" Foggo was indicted in San Diego Tuesday on charges of steering contracts to an old friend and sharing the proceeds.

Dems: Bush forcing out prosecutors

WASHINGTON, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- U.S. Senate Democrats say the Bush administration is working to force top federal prosecutors from their positions by using an anti-terrorism law.
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Duke Cunningham
Former congressman and lobbyist Brian Bilbray beats Francine Busby for the 50th district congressional seat formerly held by Randy "Duke" Cunningham in Southern California, June 6, 2006. Cunningham resigned the seat when convicted of accepting bribes and other improprieties. (UPI photo/Roger Williams)

Randall Harold Cunningham (born December 8, 1941), usually known as Randy or Duke, was a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from California's 50th Congressional District from 1991 to 2005.

Cunningham resigned from the House on November 28, 2005 after pleading guilty to accepting at least $2.4 million in bribes and underreporting his income for 2004. He pleaded guilty to federal charges of conspiracy to commit bribery, mail fraud, wire fraud, and tax evasion. On March 3, 2006, he received a sentence of eight years and four months in prison and an order to pay $1.8 million in restitution. Prior to his political career, he was an officer in the United States Navy for 20 years during which time he became a flying ace for actions during the Vietnam War.

Cunningham was born in Los Angeles to Randall and Lela Cunningham, who both moved there from Oklahoma during the Depression. His father was a truck driver for Union Oil at the time. Around 1945, the family moved to Fresno, California where Cunningham's father purchased a gas station. In 1953, they moved again, this time to rural Shelbina, Missouri, where his parents purchased and managed the Cunningham Variety Store, a five-and-dime. In Shelbina, Cunningham relished the times he spent hunting pheasant and deer with his father.

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