Scandals: Slow-Motion Justice

Slow-Motion Justice

Remember the HUD scandal? After spending two years and $4 million, special prosecutor Arlin Adams last week landed his first indictment of a former top department official: Lance Wilson, once executive assistant to ex-Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Samuel Pierce. Citing Wilson on 24 counts of fraud, conspiracy and false statements, a federal grand jury charged him with conspiring, after he left HUD for an investment firm, to steer $46 million in grants intended for poor urban areas to three housing projects developed by his business partner, Texan Leonard Briscoe.

Adams has been criticized for moving too slowly in investigating...

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