15 September 2006

Buh-Bye Bob

Looks like another member of the Abramoff crime family
will be spending some time behind bars.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Rep. Bob Ney agreed
Friday to plead guilty to two criminal charges
in the congressional corruption probe
spawned by disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff.
Papers in the case said the Ohio Republican
had accepted trips worth more than $170,000.

Justice Department officials said prosecutors
would recommend the 52-year-old congressman
serve 27 months in prison. A formal admission
of guilt would make Ney the first lawmaker to
confess to crimes in a Republican-heavy scandal
that erupted at the dawn of the election year.

For more on this story, check out TPM Muckraker's invaluable
reference page and their touching tribute to the man formerly
known as "Legislator #1" to federal prosecutors.