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Culture of Corruption

Doesn’t it seem lately that the Republican Party has issued some sort of directive asking its membership and people in leadership positions to skate as close to the line as possible, the hell with the consequences if they go over the line entirely so long as it benefits the party?

What happened to that grand "Contract with America," where Newt Gingrich and his merry band of dwarves were going to sweep out the "culture of corruption" in Washington and restore ethics and dignity? Well, that’s been thrown into the mud while all the GOP hogs trample each other on the way to the trough, now, hasn’t it?

Bloomberg is reporting this morning that the Abramoff case is about to split wide open. From my perspective, prosecutors have Abramoff in a good spot for negotiations, with his top deputies Scanlon and Kidan having already reached plea deals and rumors that a number of lawmakers, including Bob Ney of Ohio, also talking with the DoJ.

— There is more on the DoJ Civil Rights division today as well — and how the political appointees at Justice have been keeping their thumb on the career prosecutors. We’ve talked about this before here, but it is well worth keeping an eye on how this resolves — and keeping the public pressure on Gonzales and company.

— Oh, and we’re still hiding prisoners from the Red Cross. Just call us the pinnacle of human rights…or not so much these days. Great way to win friends and influence people around the globe, by refusing to provide transparency and open justice.

— And it isn’t just those of us at FDL who have noticed. Take a peek at this from the Times UK online. Yep, well respected around the world.

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Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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