Patrick Cannon

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Patrick Cannon will mark six months since he was released from federal prison Monday, and since then, the former Charlotte mayor has bounced back into public life remarkably fast.

Cannon, who resigned in 2014 after pleading guilty to public corruption charges, now has his own radio show, and over the weekend, he was invited to sit on a panel and offer advice to people seeking public office.

Former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon becomes a free man Wednesday. The 50-year-old Democrat pleaded guilty to federal corruption charges in 2014 and was sentenced to serve 44 months in prison and to pay $60,500 in fines and restitution. His conviction stemmed from accepting bribes from undercover FBI agents while serving on Charlotte City Council and later as mayor.

Of course, we discuss HB 2. Specifically, we take you behind the scenes of our coverage of this week's developments, and Tom Bullock discusses comparisons to a 1990s Colorado law that the U.S. Supreme Court struck down.

We also talk about the Patrick Cannon tapes released this week that show the former Charlotte mayor taking bribes.

FBI Releases Video Of Cannon Accepting Bribes

Apr 13, 2016
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Two years ago, former Mayor Patrick Cannon confessed to accepting bribes. Now, you can see him commit the crimes.

The FBI on Wednesday released portions of audio and video recordings of former Charlotte mayor Patrick Cannon accepting cash bribes from undercover agents. The agents posed as developers looking to build a large project in Charlotte. Cannon promised to help them get a property’s zoning changed in exchange for more than $48,000 in cash and gifts.

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The FBI has refused to release information about a “feminine hygiene product” former Charlotte mayor Patrick Cannon claimed to want to develop, and which he used as a pretext to accept a bribe. The agency officially claims release of the documents could interfere with the case, even though the investigation has completed and Cannon is in prison.


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Former mayor Patrick Cannon’s arrest for public corruption nearly a year ago also sparked a re-evaluation for the Charlotte City Council of its ethics policy, including what gifts members can accept and what relationships they have to disclose. The council adopted a new ethics code Monday night, after debate about how far it should go.


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Two cab companies are suing the city of Charlotte and nine others over the controversial taxi contract at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. They claim that contract was decided by a conspiracy of business and civic leaders as well as former mayor Patrick Cannon.

It’s now up to a Mecklenburg County Superior Court judge to decide if the case can go forward.

WFAE’s Tom Bullock was in the courtroom today and joins Duncan McFadyen to discuss.

Cannon Enters Prison

Former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon is in federal prison in Morgantown, West Virginia. He reported to prison shortly before noon to start a 44-month sentence for public corruption. Cannon was on house arrest for more than a week leading up to his sentence for violating his bond when he voted in this month’s election, something his felony conviction prohibits him from doing.  His vote was later canceled. 

Cannon Put On House Arrest For Illegal Vote

Nov 6, 2014
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Former Charlotte mayor Patrick Cannon found himself in court again today, four weeks after he was sentenced to prison for public corruption. This time, it was voter fraud.


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Two weeks after he lost his right to vote, former Charlotte mayor and convicted felon Patrick Cannon apparently cast a ballot

That vote violated Cannon’s bond and could put him back before a judge, said Greg Forrest, chief of the U.S. Probation Office in Charlotte.

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