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Safavian Found Guilty


From left to right, convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff, golf organizer Jason Murdoch, former Christian Coalition leader Ralph Reed, former Bush administration official David Safavian and Rep. Bob Ney, R-OH.  Quite the photo, isn't it?  From the Canton Rep.

The jury is back in the David Safavian trial — he was found guilty of four of his five felony counts, as charged in the indictment — for obstructing justice and lying to investigators and/or Congress

A jury found former Bush administration official David Safavian guilty Tuesday of covering up his dealings with Republican influence-peddler Jack Abramoff.

Safavian was convicted on four of five felony counts of lying and obstruction. He resigned from his White House post last year as the federal government's chief procurement officer. No date was immediately set for sentencing.

The trial consumed eight days of testimony about Safavian's assistance to Abramoff regarding government-owned real estate and a weeklong golfing excursion the lobbyist organized to the famed St. Andrews golf course in Scotland and London. Safavian went on the trans-Atlantic trip while he was chief of staff at the General Services Administration, and other participants were Rep. Bob Ney, R-Ohio, two Ney aides and Christian Coalition founder Ralph Reed….

Game on.  Were I a member of Congress who had accepted bribes and other inducements in exchange for Congressional favors and earmarks and the like, I'd beat a path to the door of the Federal prosecutors working this case.  Because David Safavian has just gotten his first taste of fear of sentencing, and they ought to as well. 

Word to the wise:  first one to cut the deal gets the better one — the longer you wait, the less likely you are to get a deal.  I'm just saying.  The squeeze is on, and those who fess up early will only have to deal with short penitentiary time.  The longer you wait, the longer you get…try keeping that in mind the next time you look at your family and friends.

Oh, and Ralphie boy — they've got all those e-mails about your Texas gambling scam. You think that's not gonna come out over the next few months of campaigning?  Come to Jesus, Ralphie.  And cough up everything you have on your co-conspirators.  You'll enjoy the confessional, and you might save something other than just your ass for a change.  The public dime doesn't need to be wasted on the likes of you.

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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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