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March 22, 2007

Feds moving to reduce Abramoff's sentence for cooperation

As all participants in the federal sentencing system know, the best rats always eventually get fed some sentence-reduction cheese.  And today, as detailed in this AP story, the high-profile cooperator making headlines is Jack Abramoff.  Here are the basics:

Federal prosecutors took the first steps toward reducing the prison sentence of former Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff, currently scheduled for release in 2011 for a Florida fraud conviction.  Documents filed in federal court say Abramoff has provided "substantial assistance" in a separate Washington corruption scandal investigation and continues to work with investigators from his prison cell in Cumberland, Md.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul F. Schwartz did not recommend how much Abramoff's sentence should be cut.  In the court papers filed Wednesday, Schwartz said prosecutors would recommend a reduction in his sentence and would file further documents describing the "nature, extent and value" of his cooperation

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