Monday, January 16, 2006

The Collateral Consequences of the Abramoff Plea

More collateral consequences are being reported to the Abramoff Plea.  The Washington Post reports here on the political difficulties faced by Ralph Reed, a candidate for lieutenant governor in Georgia.

Also reported in the Washington Post, here,  "Rep. Robert W. Ney (R-Ohio) announced yesterday he would temporarily relinquish his chairmanship of the House Administration Committee."

Sometimes one has to wonder if it is better to be indicted, and have the chance to prove oneself innocent, than to have to defend allegations and rumors that have political and personal consequences.  It can be particularly hard on individuals in power positions, such a politicians and CEOS, as they are used to having control of a situation and this clearly causes them to lose some of that control.  On the other hand, if there is a potential for criminal liability, the waiting process - as difficult as it may be - might be the best of the available options.   Perhaps the most crucial aspect of recent happenings is that key individuals with power are getting a first hand view of some of the deficiencies of our legal process. 


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