Saturday, September 16, 2006
With the guilty plea of Rep. Ney (see here), Jack Abramoff has again proved his value to the Government. It is not often that one has an individual of this caliber cooperating with the government.
In addition to Rep. Ney, this cooperation has brought down some top individuals (see Washington Post timeline here) What is particularly helpful to the DOJ is that Abramoff appears to be able to supply sufficient corroborated evidence that is causing targets of DOJ investigations to fold without the necessity of trial. This is extremely efficient as it saves the cost of a long investigation and trial. Most importantly, pleas often include cooperation which means an increased breadth in future investigations.
The Miami Herald here discusses the roots of this investigation and notes the extensive role that Florida prosecutors have played in the different investigations.