MERRILLVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A new study says northern Indiana may not be as corrupt as its reputation suggests.
The Post-Tribune of Merrillville reports (http://bit.ly/wNPsv0 ) that the University of Illinois at Chicago study compared the per capita rate of politicians convicted since 1976. The U.S. District of Northern Indiana didn't crack the top fifteen federal court districts.
The region also didn't make the top third of a list of convictions in all 91 federal court districts from 2001 to 2010.
U.S. Attorney David Capp says the study is misleading because it didn't specify what counts as corruption and may include minor infractions. He says northern Indiana is notorious for convicting actual elected officials.
Lake County has two corruption cases in progress with one involving Coroner Thomas Philpot and another with three former sheriff's officers.
Information from: Post-Tribune, http://www.post-trib.com