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Former California Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham, who was convicted in 2005 of accepting $2.4 million in bribes, served nearly seven years in prison before his release in 2013. (Associated Press)

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Former Connecticut Gov. John Rowland served a year in federal prison after pleading guilty in 2004 to a corruption-related charge. (Associated Press)

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Former Rep. James Traficant of Ohio was convicted in 2002 of accepting bribes from businessmen and taking kickbacks from staff members. He served seven years before his release in 2009. (Associated Press)

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Former Illinois Gov. George Ryan served nearly six years for a 2006 conviction of racketeering, conspiracy, tax fraud and making false statements to the FBI. (Associated Press)

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Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin was sentenced to 10 years in prison in July 2014 for bribery, money laundering, fraud and tax violations stemming from his two terms as New Orleans' mayor from 2002-2010. (Associated Press)

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Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was sentenced to 28 years in prison for corruption in 2013. (Associated Press)

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Former U.S. Rep. William Jefferson of Louisiana began serving in 2012 a 13-year sentence for his convictions on corruption charges. (Associated Press)

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Former Illinois U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. began serving a 2½-year prison term in October 2013 for misusing campaign funds. (Associated Press)

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Former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry served six months in federal prison for a 1990 drug conviction after a high-profile sting operation by the FBI and city police. (Associated Press)

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Attorney General Eric Holder, center, joined by Associate Attorney General Tony West, right, U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey Paul Fishman, left, and Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway, second from right, announces a settlement with Bank of American, Thursday, August 21, 2014 at the Justice Department in Washington. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)

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Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell arrives at federal court with his daughter Cailin Young, in Richmond, Va., Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. McDonnell begins the second day of testimony in his own defense on corruption charges. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

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A masked demonstrator hands out literature in front of federal court as part of his protest of the greed of the ex-governor and his wife. (Associated Press)

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Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell arrives at federal court with his attorney, Henry Asbill (left). After more than three weeks of his trial, Mr. McDonnell took the stand in his own defense Wednesday against charges that he and his wife, Maureen, traded more than $165,000 in gifts and loans for undue access. (Associated Press)

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Attorney General Eric Holder speaks with Capt. Ron Johnson of the Missouri State Highway Patrol at Drake's Place Restaurant, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. Holder arrived in Missouri on Wednesday, a small group of protesters gathered outside the building where a grand jury could begin hearing evidence to determine whether a Ferguson police officer who shot 18-year-old Michael Brown should be charged in his death. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Pool)

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Occupy Wall Street protestor Chris Philips screams as he is arrested near Zuccotti Park, Monday, Sept. 17, 2012, in New York. Multiple Occupy Wall Street protestors have been arrested during a march toward the New York Stock Exchange on the anniversary of the grass-roots movement. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

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A San Francisco police car goes up in flames during a riot which broke out following the controversial sentencing of Dan White who was found guilty of manslaughter for the assassination of San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and City Supervisor Harvey Milk. San Francisco, May. 21, 1979. (AP Photo)

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City Supervisor Carol Ruth Silver is helped after being struck by a piece of concrete during a riot at City Hall. The riot broke out following the controversial sentencing of Dan White who was found guilty of manslaughter for the assassination of San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and City Supervisor Harvey Milk. San Francisco, May. 21, 1979. (AP Photo)

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FILE - In a May 4, 1970 file photo, Ohio National Guard moves in on rioting students at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. Four persons were killed and eleven wounded when National Guardsmen opened fire. The U.S. Justice Department, citing "insurmountable legal and evidentiary barriers," won't reopen its investigation into the deadly 1970 shootings by Ohio National Guardsmen during a Vietnam War protest at Kent State University. Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez discussed the obstacles in a letter to Alan Canfora, a wounded student who requested that the investigation be reopened. The Justice Department said Tuesday, April 24, 2012 it would not comment beyond the letter. (AP Photo, File)

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Occupy Wall Street protestor Chris Philips screams as he is arrested near Zuccotti Park, Monday, Sept. 17, 2012, in New York. Multiple Occupy Wall Street protestors have been arrested during a march toward the New York Stock Exchange on the anniversary of the grass-roots movement. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

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A San Francisco police car goes up in flames during a riot which broke out following the controversial sentencing of Dan White who was found guilty of manslaughter for the assassination of San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and City Supervisor Harvey Milk. San Francisco, May. 21, 1979. (AP Photo)