Patrick Cannon

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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.


Julie Rose

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. 

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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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Patrick Cannon and his family have been told to wait for a letter. It will come from the Federal Bureau of Prisons and tell the former mayor where and when his prison time will be served.

Cannon was sentenced to 44 months in prison Tuesday for accepting more than $50,000 in bribes and gifts from undercover FBI agents posing as businessmen. 

Tasnim Shamma

This morning, Patrick Cannon walked into the Federal Courthouse Uptown and was sentenced to 44 months in prison and ordered to pay more than $50,000 in restitution and a $10,000 fine. The former Charlotte mayor pleaded guilty earlier this year to taking more than $50,000 in bribes from undercover FBI agents. WFAE’s Tom Bullock was in the courtroom.


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Tuesday morning Patrick Cannon will be sentenced in federal court. The former Charlotte mayor admitted earlier this year to taking more than $50,000 in bribes from undercover FBI agents.

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Former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon could be sentenced on a public corruption charge as early as next week, according to new documents in his case.

Federal probation officials filed their final presentencing report Tuesday afternoon. That document remains sealed, but its title reveals that U.S. District Judge Frank Whitney will sentence the longtime Democratic officeholder “on or after” next Wednesday.

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