HOUSTON -- A South Texas grand jury has indicted Vice President Dick Cheney and former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales on charges related to the alleged abuse of prisoners in Willacy County's federal detention centers.
The indictment criticizes Cheney's investment in the Vanguard Group, which holds interests in the private prison companies running the federal detention centers. It accuses Cheney of a conflict of interest and "at least misdemeanor assaults" on detainees by working through the prison companies.
Gonzales is accused of using his position while in office to stop an investigation into abuses at the federal detention centers.
Another indictment charges state Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr. with profiting from his public office by accepting honoraria from prison management companies.
The indictments were first reported by KRGV-TV.
Cheney, Gonzales indicted in South Texas county
Nov 18, 10:18 PM (ET)
By CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN
McALLEN, Texas (AP) - Vice President Dick Cheney and former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales have been indicted on state charges involving federal prisons in a South Texas county that has been a source of bizarre legal and political battles under the outgoing prosecutor.
The indictment returned Monday has not yet been signed by the presiding judge, and no action can be taken until that happens.
Cheney is charged with engaging in an organized criminal activity related to the vice president's investment in the Vanguard Group, which holds financial interests in the private prison companies running the federal detention centers. It accuses Cheney of a conflict of interest and "at least misdemeanor assaults" on detainees because of his link to the prison companies. Full Story.
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Vanguard Group, Inc. and American Century Investment Management Face Lawsuits over Gambling Investments
The Vanguard Group, Inc. and American Century Investment Management Inc. are facing separate class-action lawsuits over losses allegedly sustained by mutual fund investments in illegal online gambling businesses. Thomas I. Sheridan III, an attorney with the New York-based Hanly Conroy Bierstein Sheridan Fisher & Hayes LLP, one of the law firms representing plaintiffs in both cases, estimated that both firms' funds sustained capital losses in excess of $10 million after the government arrested principals of those gambling enterprises in a crackdown that began in 2006. The funds involved were the $32.5 billion Vanguard European Stock Index fund, the $6.5 billion Vanguard Global Equity fund and American Century's $7.5 billion Ultra fund. The lawsuits allege that by causing fund investors to become owners of illegal gambling businesses, those firms and responsible individuals cited as defendants violated both their fiduciary duties and the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. The suit against Vanguard Group was filed in U.S. District Court in Southern New York, while the suit against American Century was filed in U.S. District Court in Northern California. Vanguard and American Century announced that they believe the lawsuits are `without merit' and promised to defend themselves `vigorously'.