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Alphonso Michael Espy, usually called Mike Espy, (born November 30, 1953) was a U.S. political figure. From 1987 to 1993, he served in the U.S. House of Representatives from Mississippi. He served as the Secretary of Agriculture from 1993 to 1994. He was the first African American Secretary of Agriculture. November 30 is the 334th day (335th on leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 31 days remaining. ... 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday. ... Motto: (traditional) In God We Trust (official, 1956–present) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City Official language(s) None at the federal level; English de facto Government Federal Republic  - President George W. Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence - Declared - Recognized... A politician is an individual involved in politics, sometimes this may include political scientists. ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... Seal of the House of Representatives The United States House of Representatives (or simply the House) is one of the two chambers of the United States Congress, the other being the Senate. ... This article does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... The United States Secretary of Agriculture is the head of the United States Department of Agriculture concerned with land and food as well as agriculture and rural development. ... 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by United Nations. ... An African American (also Afro-American, Black American, or simply black) is a member of an ethnic group in the United States whose ancestors, usually in predominant part, were indigenous to Africa. ...


Career

Mike Espy was born in Yazoo City, Mississippi. He is the grandson of Thomas J. Huddleston, Sr., the founder of the Afro-American Sons and Daughters, a fraternal society that operated the Afro-American Hospital. The hospital was a leading provider of health-care for blacks in the state from the 1920s until the 1970s. Yazoo City is a city located in Yazoo County, Mississippi. ... The Afro-American Sons and Daughters was a fraternal organization in Mississippi and one of the leading black voluntary associations in the state. ...


He attended Howard University in Washington, D.C, majoring in law. Espy earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Santa Clara Law School, California in 1978. He was an attorney with Central Mississippi Legal Services between 1978 and 1980 and was later the assistant secretary of state to Mississippi Legal Services. Espy was the assistant secretary of the state's Public Lands Division from 1980 to 1984 and the assistant state attorney general from 1984 to 1985. Espy was elected as a Democrat to the One Hundredth and to the three succeeding Congresses and served from January 3, 1987, until his resignation January 22, 1993, having been appointed Secretary of Agriculture in the Cabinet of President William J. Clinton. He served as Secretary of Agriculture in 1993-1994. Howard University is a historically black university in Washington, D.C. ranked 89th in U.S. News and World Report, College and University rankings. ... ... Doctor of Law or Doctor of Jurisprudence(J.D. or JD, from the Latin Juris Doctor) is a degree in law offered by universities in a number of countries. ... A view of Mission Santa Clara from the Kenna Lawn. ... 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Trial

On August 27, 1997, Espy was indicted on charges of granting favors in exchange for thousands of dollars in gifts such as sports tickets, lodging, and airfare. Espy refused to plea bargain and on December 2, 1998 he was acquitted of all 30 criminal charges in the trial. Independent Counsel Donald Smaltz presented more than 70 witnesses in the trial and spent more than $20 million preparing and trying the case. [1] August 27 is the 239th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (240th in leap years), with 126 days remaining. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... December 2 is the 336th day (337th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean [1]. // Coated in ice, power and telephone lines sag and often break, resulting in power outages. ... United States Office of the Independent Counsel was an independent prosecutor — distinct from the Attorney General of the United States Department of Justice — that provided reports to the Congress under Title 28 of the United States Code, Article 595. ... Donald C. Smaltz is California lawyer who was appointed as Independent Counsel to investigate charges that Secretary of Agriculture Mike Espy had received improper gifts from companies with business before his department. ...


The defense rested without calling witnesses, stating simply that the prosecution had not proved its case. The jury deliberated less than 10 hours before finding Espy innocent of all charges. One of the jurors stated "This was the weakest, most bogus thing I ever saw. I can't believe Mr. Smaltz ever brought this to trial." At least four other jurors echoed this view, though with softer words. [2]


During testimony before the jury, the prosecution's star witness told Smaltz in front of the jury: "God knows, if I had $30 million, I could find dirt on you, sir." [3] During the trial, Smaltz protested that the defense was injecting race into the trial in what he saw as an appeal to a mostly black jury. Barbara Bisoni, the only white juror, said Smaltz's case "had holes" and that race never entered into the two days of deliberations. [4]


In Dec. 1997, Tyson Foods Inc., the nation's largest poultry processor, pleaded guilty to giving Espy more than $12,000 in illegal gifts, and agreed to pay $6 million in fines and investigative expenses. Tyson Foods, Inc. ...


In a similar case to Tyson Foods, Sun Diamond was fined $1.5 million for giving $6,000 in gifts to Espy. Sun Diamond appealed to the Supreme Court which reversed the decision since no link between the gifts and any official action was made. The majority opinion of the court, written by Justice Antonin Scalia, stated that the prosecutor's interpretation of the law was so broad that even a high school principal could be in legal trouble for giving a souvenir baseball cap to a visiting Secretary of Education. [5] The supreme court in some countries, provinces, and states, functions as a court of last resort whose rulings cannot be challenged. ... Antonin Gregory Scalia (born March 11, 1936) is an American jurist and the second most senior Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. ...


Family

As of 2006, Mike Espy's son, who shares his name, is a professional football player on the active roster of the NFL's Washington Redskins. NFL logo For other uses of the abbreviation NFL, see NFL (disambiguation). ... City Landover, Maryland Other nicknames The Skins Team colors Burgundy and Gold Head Coach Joe Gibbs Owner Dan Snyder Fight song Hail to the Redskins League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1932–present) Eastern Division (1933-1949) American Conference (1950-1952) Eastern Conference (1953-1969) Capitol Division (1967-1969) National...

Preceded by
Webb Franklin
United States Representative for the 2nd Congressional District of Mississippi
1987–1993
Succeeded by
Bennie Thompson
Preceded by
Edward R. Madigan
United States Secretary of Agriculture
1993–1994
Succeeded by
Dan Glickman

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Mike Espy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (368 words)
Alphonso Michael Espy, called Mike Espy, (born November 30, 1953) was a U.S. political figure.
On August 27, 1997, Espy was indicted on charges of granting favors in exchange for thousands of dollars in gifts such as sports tickets, lodging, and airfare.
Espy refused to plea bargain and on December 2, 1998 was acquitted of all 30 criminal charges in the trial.
Encyclopedia: Mike Espy (1687 words)
Espy reminded his audience that the landmarks of the region have also included "grinding poverty, inadequate housing, high rates of infant mortality and lower rates of college graduates." Some "traditions" such as racial intolerance, lagging wages, low levels of employment and inhabitable communities (some without basic amenities such as running water) must not continue.
Espy’s office was taken in Dirty Corners, Mississippi and depicts a young girl and her grandmother, with their hands under the flow of running water in their own kitchen for the first time in either of their lives.
Espy implored the participants to encourage their state governments to invest more in education for science and engineering students – and to urge graduates to stay in the region.
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