Case Study: Badge of Honor The Story of the Bell Whistleblower
As part of its commitment to supporting the next
generation of local leaders and staff, the Institute aspires to
develop case studies as teaching aids in universities.
The case study in the box at right describes the story of
Sergeant James Corcoran, whose efforts to alert authorities to
election and vehicle towing improprieties played a role in
exposing the larger web of corruption in the City of Bell.
The study includes discussion/reflection questions
throughout. Students also have the opportunity to “meet”
Sergeant Corcoran through video clips of a 2013 interview.
As a convenience to faculty, the Institute also offers a list of
suggested readings (see box at right) and faculty notes (email
The Institute is deeply grateful to Hastings College of the
Law Student Seung Eun Hong, who assisted with the research for
this case study.