CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 20, 2006 |
When reports came out that U.S. Rep. Richard W. Pombo had rented a luxury camper at government expense and taken his family on a "working vacation" to several national parks, the common reaction in this San Joaquin Valley town was: So what? "Most people thought, 'Well, at least he didn't take a Lear jet,' " said Ripon City Atty. Tom Terpstra, one of Pombo's many avid supporters in this almond- and walnut-growing center just north of Modesto. "The RV trip?
May 11, 2006 |
Lobbyist Jack Abramoff engaged in regular contact with a high-ranking White House official, asking for favors and pouring out his heart as lawmakers and the media began exposing details of his business dealings, according to copies of e-mails released Wednesday by the White House.
May 9, 2006 |
Court documents filed Monday by federal prosecutors said Rep. Bob Ney (R-Ohio) repeatedly took official action either for or at the request of convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff in return for trips, tickets, meals and other gratuities. The allegations were detailed as part of a guilty plea to corruption charges by Neil G. Volz, a former top aide to the Ohio lawmaker.
April 15, 2006 |
A batch of 278 e-mails between lobbyist Jack Abramoff and a Bush administration official show a highly inappropriate relationship where gifts and business interests mixed freely and frequently, federal prosecutors said Friday. The prosecutors hope to use the e-mails in the criminal case against David H. Safavian, who is accused of lying and obstruction of justice in connection with investigations of an Abramoff-sponsored golf outing to Scotland in August 2002.
April 4, 2006 |
Two eyewitnesses say that former lobbyist Jack Abramoff proposed to sell his services to the much-criticized government of Sudan to help improve its abysmal reputation in the United States, especially among Christian evangelicals who were campaigning against human rights violations in the troubled African nation.
April 1, 2006 |
A former aide to Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Texas) pleaded guilty Friday in the influence-peddling scandal involving onetime lobbyist Jack Abramoff -- a sign that prosecutors are continuing to build a case that could ensnare lawmakers, including the former House majority leader. Tony Rudy, DeLay's former deputy chief of staff, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Washington to one charge of conspiracy in connection with the scandal.
March 30, 2006 |
Former Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff was sentenced Wednesday to five years and 10 months in federal prison for business fraud, but was allowed to remain free for three months so he could continue assisting in a wide-ranging probe of corruption and influence-peddling on Capitol Hill. Abramoff and a former business partner, Adam R. Kidan, had pleaded guilty to conspiracy and wire fraud in their purchase of SunCruz Casinos gambling boats in 2000.
March 28, 2006 |
Whatever his shortcomings, Jack Abramoff still has connections -- more than 250 of them, to be precise -- including prominent lawyers, religious leaders and even a member of Congress. They are encouraging a federal judge to give the disgraced lobbyist a reduced sentence Wednesday in a Miami fraud case. They have written letters to U.S. District Judge Paul C. Huck, saying that the picture of Abramoff that has emerged through the news media is a gross distortion, and that he deserves a break.
March 9, 2006 |
Convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff says President Bush knew him well enough to joke with him about weightlifting. "What are you benching, buff guy?" Abramoff said Bush asked him. The president has said he doesn't know Abramoff. Abramoff said he found it hard to believe Bush didn't remember the 10 or so photos that he and members of his family had snapped with the president and first lady.
March 7, 2006 |
A federal judge refused Monday to order a 90-day delay in the sentencing of lobbyist Jack Abramoff, even though prosecutors and his attorney said the move could jeopardize a federal corruption investigation involving Congress and the Bush administration. Abramoff attorney Abbe Lowell told U.S. District Judge Paul C. Huck that without the postponement the defense could be forced to reveal sensitive information at the sentencing hearing in Miami federal court. "We will name names.