Tuesday, June 20, 2006

And another one bites the dust

And this time it was a jury that got him. Guilty pleas are good because there is usually a commitmant to provide further information to the prosecutors, but it is very satisfying to see a case validated by a jury. And David Savafavian has provided that satisfaction.
A jury found former Bush administration official David Safavian guilty Tuesday of covering up his dealings with Republican influence-peddler Jack Abramoff.

Safavian was convicted on four of five felony counts of lying and obstruction. He had resigned from his White House post last year as the federal government's chief procurement officer.

The verdict gave a boost to the wide-ranging influence peddling probe that focuses on Abramoff's dealings with Congress.

In the Safavian case, prosecutors highlighted the name of Rep. Bob Ney, R-Ohio. They introduced a photograph of the congressman and Abramoff standing in front of a private jet that whisked them and other members of a golfing party for a five-day trip to the storied St Andrews Old Course in Scotland, and a second leg of the journey to London.
If this case goes as far as it should, the Republicans, paragons all of their peculiar kind if virtue, should lose as many seats as they would in an honest election.

Remember in November.


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