September 4, 2008
Another sentencing for Jack Abramoff
Jack Abramoff, the once high-flying lobbyist who pleaded guilty to a scheme to corrupt Congress, asked a federal judge for mercy on Wednesday, saying he was “not a bad man” although he acknowledged he “did many bad things.” In a letter sent to Judge Ellen S. Huvelle, the day before she was to sentence him in a Washington courtroom, Mr. Abramoff wrote: “So much that happens in Washington stretches the envelope, skirts the spirit of the law and lives in the loopholes. But even by those standards, I blundered farther than even those excesses would allow.”
He said he had contemplated his behavior during the nearly two years he had already served in prison for an unrelated case involving fraud connected to cruise ships in Florida.
Prosecutors have already asked Judge Huvelle to pare years off the jail term recommended in federal sentencing guidelines, citing Mr. Abramoff’s cooperation in wide-ranging investigations that have resulted in the convictions of one congressman, several Congressional aides and some executive branch officials. Although he could face up to 11 years in the Congressional corruption case, prosecutors have recommended a sentence of about half that.
On this topic, I received yesterday this notable e-mail from a reader seeking more details about what Abramoff's cooperation has netted:
So the Justice Department and "Prosecutors" want to shave off time Jack Abramoff's prison time because he cooperated with the FBI and helped to send several "powerful men" to prison. I can't find anywhere or anyone who knows who these so-called powerful men" that were sent to prison because of Abramoff's wonderful deed.....
Who are the ones sent to prison because of Abramoff? We as citizens should know who they are?... Do you know who the names of these men were? I want to know. Who do I write to get this sacred information from if you don't know?
I have looked everywhere and there is absolutely nothing on these powerful men that were sent to prison because of Abramoff's help with the FBI...Now, I believe it is an American Citizen's right to know the whole story on Abramoff, and who he sent to prison if he is possibly going to have time shaved off...It stinks! Who are these men Abramoff sent to prison? There should be some empty seats in Congress for sure, so who are they? What wonderful deeds did Abramoff do to get his time shortened?
UPDATE: As detailed in this Washington Post story, Abrahmoff got four years this time around.
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I'll take a stab at this one.
Apparently, he can be wholly or partially credited for the convictions of a member of Congress, five high-level legislative branch officials, one high-level executive branch official, and two other mid- to low-level public officials, as well as ongoing matters," prosecutors wrote. This list includes: former Rep. Bob Ney (R-Ohio); Tony Rudy, a one-time top aide to former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas); Neil Volz, Ney's former chief of staff and former lobbyist at Abramoff's firm; Will Heaton, another former Ney aide; and J. Steven Griles, former deputy secretary of the Interior Dept.
Now tell that emailer to learn learn to use Google, and quityurbitchin.
Posted by: babalu | Sep 4, 2008 10:04:18 AM
The Washington Post's Susan Schmidt, James V. Grimaldi and R. Jeffrey Smith somehow caught onto this him & wrote series of articles that won the Pulitzer Prize for journalism.........For Abranofff has the best of luck an the worst of luck..... The Greek that sold Abramoff the Gambling ships quickly was murdered so no need to pay.....Only problem, the killers had cashed cheques from Abranoff & partner+++++++Konstantinos "Gus" Boulis was killed on a Fort Lauderdale street on Feb. 6, 2001. Two of the three men charged had been hired as consultants by Adam Kidan, one of Abramoff's partners in the SunCruz...... I guess they were trying to deduct the hit from their taxes..... See http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/09/27/AR2005092700980.html Here is the WAPO Prize winner http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/linkset/2005/06/22/LI2005062200936.html This guy is a murderer. His Neocon connections to Bush are why he gets only a slap!!
Posted by: Thomas | Sep 5, 2008 1:02:13 AM