He went on to become Governor of Arizona in 1991. Like his heroic compadre John "Songbird" McCain he was involved in an almost fatal, to their political careers, collision with other people's money in a Savings and Loan robbery.
Symington was Governor of Arizona from 1991 until 1997. This is because in America Dutch Art appreciation is highly respected by the voters. That and the country is basically owned by a handful of incredibly rich families.
Symington was indicted on 21 federal counts of extortion, making false financial statements, and bank fraud. He was convicted for seven counts of bank fraud on September 4, 1997. He was charged for defrauding his lenders as a commercial real estate developer, extorting a pension fund and perjuring himself in a bankruptcy hearing. As Arizona state law does not allow convicted felons to hold office, Symington was forced to resign his office the next day.
This conviction, however, was overturned in 1999 by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Six days into jury deliberations, the trial judge had granted the government's motion to dismiss a juror because the other jurors complained she was refusing to deliberate with them, a serious breach of the juror's oath. A three-judge panel of the appeals court ruled 2–1 that there was a reasonable possibility that the juror had actually been removed because she was leaning toward acquittal, and the rest of the jury was frustrated at the prospect of a hung jury (in federal cases, verdicts must be unanimous). The appeals court held that the juror's dismissal violated Symington's right to a fair trial, since he was entitled to that juror's vote. Before the government could retry him, Symington was pardoned in January 2001 by President Clinton, terminating the federal government's seven-year battle with the former governor. Symington had once saved a young Bill Clinton from a rip current off of Cape Cod.
His thirst for knowledge remained and after dodging the law he returned to academia. After graduating from the Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts Scottsdale he failed in his attempt to revive his political career.
Then he started saying any shit that would get him on the TV.
I can't remember the altair 8800 and the only time I've seen a punched card was at a lecture and in a shoe shop when I was a kid. I have programmed an Apple II with a Z80 using CPM and 6502 assembler, written lisp on a VAX, coded php with apache and enjoy the madness of CSS. I may be the only person left who digs XML.
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