Patrick Cannon

City Council Will Choose New Mayor April 7

Mar 31, 2014
Tasnim Shamma

Charlotte’s city council met Monday night for the first time since the arrest and resignation of former mayor Patrick Cannon. In less than 20 minutes, the council agreed to hold off on appointing a new mayor for one week. WFAE’s Ben Bradford breaks down the jockeying that will take place in the meantime.  


Tonight, Charlotte City Council may have an answer to this question – who is the next mayor of Charlotte?

But no matter what happens at tonight's meeting, Council will undoubtedly try to reassure the public the city is moving on from former mayor Patrick Cannon.


The federal corruption case against former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon is generating a lot of talk, and questions.  Many of those questions concern what could happen as the case proceeds in the federal judicial system.  WFAE's Mark Rumsey discussed some of the possibilities with UNC law professor Richard Myers, a former assistant U.S. attorney who specializes in white collar crime cases.

Following an arrest, Myers says there are often negotiations before the defendant is indicted. He likens the discussions  to a “multi-dimensional chess game.”

WFAE Talks Patrick Cannon

Mar 28, 2014

It was a busy week for WFAE's newsroom with the arrest of Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon on federal corruption charges, and his decision to resign the day of his arrest.  Greg, Lisa and Ben discuss the FBI's case and the many questions that remain.

Real Estate Company Cuts Ties With Cannon's Wife

Mar 28, 2014

The real estate company where former Charlotte mayor Patrick Cannon’s wife Trenna works, has severed ties with her.

The downfall of Charlotte mayor Patrick Cannon is hitting home with those who preceded him in the office.

Pat McCrory, who served seven terms as the city's mayor before becoming North Carolina's governor, vowed Thursday to take an active role in winning back voters' trust in the mayor's office.   Another ex-mayor of Charlotte, Harvey Gantt, served from 1983 to 1987.

WFAE's Mark Rumsey spoke with Gantt about Cannon's arrest on federal corruption charges, and the role of mayor under Charlotte's "Council/Manager" form of government.

Tasnim Shamma

Charlotte city government officials are now dealing with the aftermath of former mayor Patrick Cannon’s arrest and resignation. Charlotte could have a new mayor as soon as Monday.

Charlotte city council will meet on Monday evening to layout a timeline, possibly consider candidates and vote. City manager Ron Carlee held a press conference Thursday afternoon, in which he said the charges against Cannon don’t represent the way the city operates. 

FBI Investigations Continue After Cannon's Arrest

Mar 27, 2014
Tasnim Shamma / WFAE

While the FBI’s sting operation ended in the arrest of former mayor Patrick Cannon yesterday, the agency is still carrying out other, related investigations in Charlotte.

For many, corruption in politics is a given. Those awarded with the public’s trust are always questioned in their motives. 

The allegations that Charlotte’s mayor, Patrick Cannon, was just in a long list of notable scandals and examples of political corruption: most recently, the mayors of Detroit and New Orleans were targets of the criminal justice system at the local level.

How The FBI's Case Against Cannon Went Down

Mar 27, 2014
Michael Tomsic

On Wednesday morning, Patrick Cannon was Mayor of Charlotte and a rising political figure in the state. Less than 24 hours later he’s out on bond, no longer in government, and facing a host of federal charges. The story of his fall is one of undercover cops, multi-million dollar investments, bugged apartments, and feminine hygiene products. WFAE’s Ben Bradford and Tom Bullock bring us this report.


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