Monthly Archives: June 2007

Supreme Court completes term

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The U. S. Supreme Court today delivered the last of its opinions for the October 2006 term. The sketch shows Justice Breyer reading his dissent in the school desegregation cases.

WaPo has the story here.

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Another prison sentence in Abramoff scandal

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The former Deputy Secretary of the Interior was sentenced today to ten months in prison as well as a $30,000 fine and community service for lying to a Senate committee about his relationship with convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

I posted earlier, when he entered his guilty plea in March, about how  J. Steven Griles met Abramoff through his girlfriend Italia Federici, who has entered into a plea agreement of her own and is due to be sentenced in September. Today we heard of one kind of benefit Abramoff received from the relationship.

During the filming of the motion picture “National Treasure” film crews, with their trailers and equipment, had set up on the grounds of the United States Navy Memorial next to Abramoff’s restaurant “Signatures” and were blocking the valet parking area abutting the restaurant. An angry Jack Abramoff called Griles, who contacted the Special Assistant to the Director of the National Park Service who had the Park Service direct the film crew to move. Abramoff boasted in an e-mail to a colleague, “I  . . . am all over their asses”.

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A tearful Griles addressed the judge before imposition of sentence saying “This has been the most difficult time in my life. My guilty plea here has brought me great shame and
embarrassment. I have lost my business, my income and, most
importantly, my reputation.”

WaPo story here.

Dana Milbank’s “Washington Sketch” is a good read.

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Go Directly to Jail, do not pass go, do not collect $200

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Judge Reggie Jackson was not swayed by arguments made by Lawrence S. Robbins, a member of his newly formed appellate team of attorneys, seeking to allow Scooter Libby to defer serving his thirty month sentence until his appeals are exhausted.

Washington Post story here.

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Libby sentenced

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This sketch shows I.Lewis “Scooter” Libby standing, flanked by his attorneys, before Judge Reggie Walton as he receives his sentence: 30 months and $250,000.

Whether he starts serving his sentence in the near future or gets to remain free on bail until his appeals are exhausted will be decided by the judge next Thursday at another hearing.

Washington Post story here.

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