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Former Rep. Ney chief of staff pleads guilty

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William Heaton, one-time chief of staff to Congressman Bob Ney, plead guilty before U.S.District Judge Ellen S. Huvelle today. In the above sketch Heaton is second from left, taking the oath; his attorney, John Nassikas, is standing next to him.

NBC’s Joel Seidman has the story here.

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Former Rep. Ney has the book thrown at him

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Judge Ellen S. Huvelle sentenced former congressman Bob Ney to 30 months in jail -three more than the Justice Dept. had asked for- and $6000. in fines for accepting tens of thousands of dollars in trips and other perks from disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

Prior to sentencing the judge received letters from citizens, most of them from Ohio,  asking her to impose the maximum sentence. One read “throw the book at him. Throw two books…”

Washington Post story here.

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