Earlier this week I introduced legislation that would give federal judges discretion to double prison sentences for elected and appointed public officials convicted of bribery, fraud, extortion, or theft in the course of their official duties. The Pubic Official Accountability Act, HR 2402, would allow judges to increase the sentences by up to two years for relevant crimes that violate the public trust.

With public faith in government officials weakened by scandals from the Jack Abramhoff affair to the Randy “Duke