Former mayor's brother implicated in corruption trial

Former Brown Administration officials Oliver Spellman and Monique McGilbra have already admitted to taking bribes while working for the city.

Now, the Chronicle's Dan Feldstein reports that prosecutors have alleged that Nate Gray also tried to bribe former Mayor Lee Brown's brother Earl Brown in exchange for influence at City Hall:

The brother of former Houston Mayor Lee Brown received thousands of dollars during Brown's administration to influence him on behalf of contractors, prosecutors alleged Monday in federal court.

Earl Brown never was a registered lobbyist in Houston, according to city records. Lee Brown previously has said his brother never spoke to him on behalf of clients.

Earl Brown has not been charged with any crime. But on the first day of a major bribery trial here of three other men, prosecutors played a wiretapped cell phone conversation in which Cleveland businessman Nate Gray brags that "the mayor's brother and I are like this."

"I can go into Houston and have more juice than a local guy," Gray told a young attorney who wanted to learn the ropes of Gray's consulting business.

"Greasing palms" was how to get things done, said Gray, who faces 44 counts of bribery-related charges.

As we've noted previously, this investigation and related trials are likely to get very interesting.

Posted by Kevin Whited @ 06/14/05 07:29 AM | Print |

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