Friday, September 29, 2006

Abramoff Gets a Little More Time on the Outside

In a joint request by federal prosecutors and defense counsel, U.S. District Court Judge Paul Huck postponed the prison reporting date for former superlobbyist Jack Abramoff from October 2 until November 15.  Judge Huck expressed some reluctance to grant the request, according to an AP story (here), stating that "there comes a time when people have to pay the piper, so to speak. I think that time has come."  The government requested a 90-day postponement, and the judge only granted about half of that.  The reason for postponing the start of the prison term is to allow Abramoff to continue his cooperation in the continuing corruption investigation that recently resulted in the guilty plea of Ohio Rep. Bob Ney.  With a cut-off of November 15 to have Abramoff readily available, prosecutors may move more quickly to bring charges against additional defendants.  This can't be good news for those on Capitol Hill who dealt with him, and perhaps the White House.  An AP story (here) discusses a draft report by the House Government Reform Committee that details 485 contacts Abramoff had with the Administration, although it notes that he was largely unsuccessful in helping his clients. (ph)

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