RARA-AVIS: large-scale corruption

From: Curt Purcell ( curtpurcell@hotmail.com)
Date: 02 Nov 2007

At the end of Red Harvest, the Op declares that Personville is so hopelessly corrupt that the only viable option is to request national guard troops from the governor and put the town under martial law while rebuilding the whole legal/justice system from scratch. Has something like that ever actually happened to a US city, specifically due to corruption? What's the largest-scale state or federal intervention into local corruption on record, and what came of it? Thanks!

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