barbara mcquade http://michiganradio.org en How can we ensure good governance in Detroit? http://michiganradio.org/post/how-can-we-ensure-good-governance-detroit <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last week, as Federal Judge Nancy Edmunds sentenced former Detroit Mayor </span>Kwame<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Kilpatrick to 28 years in what became an historic case of corruption, she decried the lack of transparency and accountability that surrounded Kilpatrick’s administration.</span></p><p>“So much business was being done behind closed doors without anyone looking into it until the press got into it and opened the door to what was transpiring in City Hall,” Edmunds said in the courtroom.</p><p>The voters of Detroit handed their trust to Kwame Kilpatrick, and as a jury found, he turned that trust into a vehicle to feed his greed — using the office of Detroit’s mayor as his personal piggy bank.</p><p>Now that chapter is over, Detroiters are preparing to elect a new mayor.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">So, what better time for the first-ever Leadership Summit on Good Governance for Detroit?</span></p><p>The summit convener, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan Barbara L. McQuade, joined us in studio to discuss securing good governance in southeast Michigan.</p><p>To learn more about the conference, follow <a href="http://media.wayne.edu/2013/10/14/first-leadership-summit-on-good-governance-for">this link</a>.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.&nbsp;</em></p><p></p><p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 19:43:52 +0000 Stateside Staff 14878 at http://michiganradio.org How can we ensure good governance in Detroit? Shutdown slows U.S. Attorney's work in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/shutdown-slows-us-attorneys-work-michigan <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A partial shutdown of the federal government shutdown is now in day eight. There doesn&rsquo;t appear to be a resolution in sight which leaves over 800,000 federal employees out of work. That includes people at the U.S. Attorney General&rsquo;s office in Detroit. Today we talk with Barbara </span>McQuade<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan. Thirty&nbsp;out of almost 200 people are furloughed at her office.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&quot;That&#39;s having an impact on the litigation mission of our office. Most of our criminal litigators are still here handling criminal cases, but it&#39;s our civil docket that&#39;s really taking a hit,&quot;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">said&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">McQuade</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&quot;Our people are working without pay, which is having a big impact, as you can image, on morale. The people that are furloughed are not being paid, but even the people who are here working are not being paid.&quot;</span></p><p><em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Listen to the full interview above.</span></em></p><p> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 21:19:00 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 14771 at http://michiganradio.org Shutdown slows U.S. Attorney's work in Michigan Federal prosecutors increase focus on health care fraud http://michiganradio.org/post/federal-prosecutors-increase-focus-health-care-fraud <p>Federal prosecutors reached a multimillion-dollar, out-of-court settlement this week with a Jackson cardiologist in a health care fraud case.</p><p>It’s the latest in a string of Medicare and Medicaid fraud cases in Michigan.&nbsp;Federal prosecutors in the Eastern District of Michigan have filed nearly 300 charges of health care fraud during the past five years. Half the time, defendants have pled guilty or were convicted.&nbsp;And the pace of prosecutions has picked up during the past few years.</p> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 19:01:53 +0000 Steve Carmody 13511 at http://michiganradio.org Federal prosecutors increase focus on health care fraud