… found guilty, bail revoked, goes directly to jail, does not pass go, &c. &c.:
A federal jury today convicted City Councilman Rick Mariano on corruption charges.
He was convicted of corruption, money laundering, fraud, tax and bribery charges. He was found not guilty of four fraud charges. [...]
Judge says the incident at City Hall was never completed explained to my satisfication and may signal threat to his own safety and risk to others. He said he thinks a person facing a lengthy prison sentence presents a risk of flight. He orders a mental health evaluation “as soon as possible.”
Then the judge says he will hold another hearing.
Until then, councilman is in custody.
Update: Mayor Street weighs in:
Councilman Rick Mariano has been a good friend for many years. He has served the people of the Seventh Councilmanic District for the past decade with energy and passion, with a reputation of always fighting for working people.
A jury has determined the law has been violated. No one is above the law. No city employee or elected official is entitled to misuse a public position for private gain. Such behavior is not only illegal, it erodes public confidence in government.
Under the circumstances the councilman should resign and focus on his future. His resignation would be in the best interests of the city.
We continue to hold this government to the highest ethical standards and maintain a zero tolerance for corruption. My Administration has worked hard to enhance ethical standards for city employees and to implement the ethics requirements for all city officials approved by the voters last year.
That last paragraph to be read with a large wry smile on your face.
USA v. Mariano