Sunday, August 13, 2006
According to the Washington Post here, yet another person is pleading guilty after being implicated by testimony given by Jack Abramoff. Roger G. Stillwell, a former Interior Department employee plead guilty after receiving gifts such as sports and concert tickets. The Washington Post's web page here provides a listing of the guilty pleas entered to date resulting from Jack Abramoff's guilty plea and cooperation.
The Jack Abramoff plea agreement has been extraordinary for the government. As a polished individual, one with close ties and knowledge to insiders, he has the ability to be used as a threat beyond the typical witness to those who are targets of a government investigation. It is not surprising that we are not seeing indictments followed by trials, and are seeing indictments followed by plea agreements coming from Abramoff's testimony.