Friday, March 31, 2006

Former DeLay Aide to Plead Guilty to Corruption Charge

The AP reports (here) that Tony Rudy, former Deputy Chief of Staff to Rep. Tom DeLay when he was House Majority Leader, will plead guilty to taking $50,000 from superlobbyist Jack Abramoff to assist in blocking legislation on internet gambling and a postal rate increase that Abramoff's clients opposed.  In the Abramoff plea in Washington D.C. to corruption charges, Rudy was identified as "Staffer A" and Abramoff admitted to disguising the corrupt payment by having the money paid in ten monthly installments to Rudy's wife.  While this aspect of the corruption investigation does not involve a new player, because Rudy had been easily identified from the court papers, the interesting question now is whether he will provide new information to federal prosecutors about DeLay and other elected officials. (ph)


UPDATE: A copy of Rudy's plea agreement and factual stipulation is available below.  Rep. DeLay is identified as "Representative #2," with Ohio Rep. Bob Ney resuming his role as "Representative #1" from the Abramoff et al. pleas.  The government and Rudy agreed to a Sentencing Guideline calculation with an offense level of 17 after the acceptance of responsibility, which would give him a range of 24 to 30 months.  He is eligible for a 5K1.1 downward departure based on his cooperation. (ph)

Download rudy_filed_information_and_plea_agreement.pdf

Download rudy_factual_basis.pdf

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