Tuesday, January 3, 2006

Abramoff Accepts Plea Bargain

Bet things are tense in Washington DC today. From the LA Times:
Abramoff's plea opens up the prospect that he could begin unraveling for prosecutors a web of ties with members of Congress that has for weeks kept officials Washington on edge.

Abramoff would presumably present evidence about favors he provided to some members of Congress and their aides.

Under the agreement, Abramoff has agreed to plead to charges of conspiracy, public corruption and tax evasion in a case based here in Washington. In a separate case in Florida, involving the purchase of a casino gambling fleet, Abramoff has agreed to plead to two counts of fraud and conspiracy, according to his attorneys.

In return for pleading guilty to reduced charges,
Abramoff is expected to provide testimony that could lead to the indictment of members of Congress and their current and former aides.
[Photo: Gerald Herbert/AP]

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