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With selfie, Patrick Cannon re-enters public eye

By Cleve R. Wootson Jr.
cwootson@charlotteobserver.com
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Former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon, who pleaded guilty to a federal corruption charge on June 4, re-entered the public eye with this slightly-blurry selfie uploaded to Facebook on June 10.

Last Tuesday, former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon pleaded guilty to a federal corruption charge, then stood in front of TV cameras and said he was sorry.

This Tuesday, he took a selfie.

The photo, uploaded to Facebook around 6:30 p.m., shows a smiling and slightly blurry Cannon seated on a couch.

By 8:30 p.m., nearly 500 people had “liked” the photo and nearly 150 had left comments. Most were encouraging, offering support, words of encouragement and prayers. A few were negative, including one person who said, simply, “We are ashamed.”

Cannon, the target of a nearly four-year FBI investigation, was accused of accepting seven bribes totaling $50,500 during a 14-month period beginning in January 2013.

Most of those illegal payoffs came from undercover FBI agents posing as out-of-town real estate investors, prosecutors said. Cannon also took regular bribes from a Charlotte businessman, now identified as strip club mogul David “Slim” Baucom.

Cannon is set to be sentenced later this year. His crime carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Cannon, 47, has been largely absent from the public eye since his arrest on March 26. He declined to answer a reporter’s question as he walked out of the courthouse on that day and had posted nothing on his Twitter or Facebook accounts until Tuesday.

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