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FAU Public Ethics Academy to Host Panel Discussion about the Case of Mary McCarty

BOCA RATON, FL (June 15, 2009) – Florida Atlantic University’s School of Public Administration and its Public Ethics Academy will present “A Case Study in Voting Conflicts and Gifts: the United States vs. Mary B. McCarty – the Criminalization of the Ethics Code” on Wednesday, June 17, from noon to 1:30 p.m. The panel discussion will take place in the auditorium of the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus.

The panelists will discuss the recent case of former Palm Beach County Commissioner Mary McCarty as an example of public corruption, as well as a trend to criminalize state civil ethics codes. The Palm Beach County Grand Jury’s recently released report on governance and public corruption also will be discussed.

McCarty resigned in January and pleaded guilty in March to one count of depriving the public of her honest services.  She recently was sentenced and remanded to prison.

Norman Ostrau, director of FAU’s Public Ethics Academy and former chair of the Florida Commission on Ethics, will lead the panel discussion.  The panel also will include Howard L. Greitzer, associate lawyer of Lyons & Sanders Chartered and former assistant state attorney of the 17th Judicial Circuit Court of Florida; Bruce Reinhardt, former prosecutor for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, South District of Florida and U.S. Department of Justice, Public Integrity Section; and Alan S. Johnson, senior counsel for Public Integrity, Office of the State Attorney 15th Judicial Circuit.

For more information, contact Marian Williams at 954-236-5140 or


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