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Archive for September 8th, 2008

The Abramoff Probe: A Case That Keeps Giving

 In a case that keeps on giving, a close associate of corrupt lobbyist Jack Abramoff was indicted today in Washington. The question begs: How many more indictments are there? 

By Carrie Johnson and Del Quentin Wilber
Washingnton Post Staff Writers
WASHINGTON — Former congressional aide Kevin A. Ring was charged with conspiracy, fraud and obstruction of justice for allegedly providing lawmakers and officials with gifts to win favors for lobbying clients, according to an indictment unsealed today.
Ring, 37, a close associate of disgraced Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff, has been under federal scrutiny for years as part of the wide-ranging public corruption probe that centered on Abramoff, who was sentenced to four more years in prison last week. A former aide to retiring Rep. John T. Doolittle (R-Calif.), Ring went on to work for Abramoff at lobbying firms in the District. Together the men lavished congressional and executive branch government officials with sports tickets, meals and golf vacations in a bid to secure favors for their clients, the 10-count indictment alleges
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Trial Starts Today For Ex-FBI Agent

A disgraced FBI agent from Boston allegedly provided information the feds say helped set up a murder in Florida. Jury selection begins today. 

By Kurt Anderson
Associated Press
MIAMI — John J. Connolly was hundreds of miles away in 1982 when gambling executive John Callahan’s bullet-riddled body was discovered in the trunk of his Cadillac at Miami’s airport.
The admitted shooter says he never met Connolly, the disgraced ex-FBI man at the heart of the agency’s sordid dealings with Boston’s Winter Hill Gang.
Yet Connolly will stand trial on murder and conspiracy charges this month as if he had pulled the trigger himself, because prosecutors say he secretly gave information that was crucial in setting up the hit. Jury selection is to begin Monday.
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