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Legal News
19 Sep 2013
by Samuel Franklin

[JURIST] The Texas 3rd Court of Appeals in Austin [official website] overturned [opinion, PDF] the conviction of former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX) [JURIST news archive] on Thursday, concluding that the state failed to prove proceeds of criminal activity in its money laundering charges against DeLay. A three-judge panel … [read more]


Legal News
11 Jan 2011
by Matt Glenn

[JURIST] A judge for the 331st Criminal District Court [official website] of Texas sentenced former US House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX) [JURIST news archive] to three years in prison and ten years of probation Monday following DeLay's November conviction [JURIST report] on money laundering and conspiracy charges. Judge Pat … [read more]


Legal News
25 Nov 2010
by John Paul Putney

[JURIST] A jury for the 331st Criminal District Court [official website] of Texas found former US House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX) [JURIST news archive] guilty of money laundering and conspiracy Wednesday, after deliberating for 19 hours. The charges stemmed from $190,000 donated by corporate interests to DeLay's political action … [read more]


Legal News
16 Aug 2010
by Hillary Stemple

[JURIST] A lawyer for former US House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX) [JURIST news archive] confirmed Monday that a US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] criminal probe into DeLay's association with lobbyist Jack Abramoff [JURIST news archive] has been dismissed without charges being filed. The investigation lasted six years … [read more]


Legal News
11 Jul 2009
by Matt Glenn

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit [official website] announced [opinion, PDF] Thursday that prosecutors cannot subpoena statements made by a former congressman to the US House of Representatives Ethics Committee [official website], unsealing [order, PDF] a June 23 opinion. In overturning the lower court's ruling, the … [read more]


Academic Commentary
10 Apr 2009

JURIST Guest Columnist William Luneburg of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law says the Obama administration's restrictive new lobbying directive cannot altogether eliminate the phenomenon of "influence peddling" nor can it change Washington culture in one fell swoop, but it may improve things by small incremental steps.... The Beltway … [read more]


Legal News
12 Sep 2008
by Joe Shaulis

[JURIST] US Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne [official profile] pledged Thursday that he would "take swift action to restore the public trust" following an investigation which found corruption in the Department of the Interior (DOI) [official website; JURIST news archive] agency charged with collecting royalties from mineral rights to … [read more]


Legal News
5 Sep 2008
by Joe Shaulis

[JURIST] Former US lobbyist Jack Abramoff [JURIST news archive] was sentenced [DOJ press release] Thursday to four years in prison for tax evasion, fraud and conspiracy. Judge Ellen S. Huvelle [official profile] of the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] imposed less than the maximum sentence … [read more]


Legal News
28 Aug 2008
by Joe Shaulis

[JURIST] The US Justice Department (DOJ) [official website] has asked federal judges in Florida and Washington, DC, to give lenient sentences to former lobbyist Jack Abramoff [JURIST news archive], who has cooperated in the prosecution of several legislative and executive branch officials. Since 2006, Abramoff has been serving a six-year … [read more]


Legal News
25 Aug 2008
by Joe Shaulis

[JURIST] The Texas Third Court of Appeals [official website] has allowed money-laundering indictments to stand against two alleged co-conspirators of former US House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX) [JURIST news archive], rejecting their argument that the state laws used to prosecute them were unconstitutionally vague or overbroad. The Austin-based intermediate … [read more]


Legal News
18 Jun 2008
by Deirdre Jurand

[JURIST] A panel of judges in the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Tuesday reversed [opinion, PDF] the conviction of former White House official David Safavian [JURIST news archive] because of previous judicial error and the use of incorrect legal standards at the trial court level. A … [read more]


Legal News
23 Apr 2008
by Jeannie Shawl

[JURIST] Former US Justice Department official Robert Coughlin II pleaded guilty [press release] Tuesday to one count of criminal conflict of interest in connection to his relationship with disgraced former lobbyist Jack Abramoff [JURIST news archive]. Coughlin, charged [JURIST report] on Monday, served as the deputy chief of staff of … [read more]


Legal News
21 Apr 2008
by Andrew Gilmore

[JURIST] Federal prosecutors on Monday accused the former deputy chief of staff of the Department of Justice Criminal Division [official website] of criminal conflict of interest charges connected to his relationship with disgraced former lobbyist Jack Abramoff [JURIST news archive]. Robert Coughlin is accused of accepting gifts from Abramoff's lobbying … [read more]


Legal News
12 Mar 2008
by Mike Rosen-Molina

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives [official website] Tuesday voted 229-182 [roll call] to pass a resolution [HRES 895 materials] creating an independent ethics panel to investigate allegations of malfeasance against House lawmakers. The Office of Congressional Ethics will consist of six non-House members of "exceptional public standing." This represents … [read more]


Legal News
2 Dec 2007
by Eric Firkel

[JURIST] The Bush administration is invoking a secrecy defense known as Glomarization [DOJ backgrounder] to avoid disclosing hundreds of documents concerning White House visits by former lobbyist Jack Abramoff [JURIST news archive], according to AP citing court papers filed Friday. The administration is relying on a 1976 US Supreme Court … [read more]


Legal News
31 Oct 2007
by Mike Rosen-Molina

[JURIST] US House Oversight and Government Reform Committee [official website] Chairman Henry Waxman (D-CA) Wednesday called on the White House to disclose hundreds of documents relating to disgraced former lobbyist Jack Abramoff [JURIST news archive]. In a letter [PDF text] to White House counsel Fred Fielding, Waxman said that the … [read more]


Legal News
27 Sep 2007
by Mike Rosen-Molina

[JURIST] US Rep. John Doolittle (R-CA) [official website] said Thursday that he would fight subpoenas issued by the US Department of Justice [official website] for documents, including legislative records, relating to disgraced former lobbyist Jack Abramoff [JURIST news archive]. Doolittle's lawyer said that the Justice Department had overstepped its authority … [read more]


Legal News
26 Jun 2007
by Melissa Bancroft

[JURIST] Former Deputy US Interior Secretary J. Steven Griles [Wikipedia profile] was sentenced to 10 months in prison Tuesday for his role in the Jack Abramoff [JURIST news archive] lobbying scandal. As part of the negotiated plea deal, the Department of Justice recommended he serve five months in prison and … [read more]


Legal News
23 Mar 2007
by Gabriel Haboubi

[JURIST] As part of a plea deal, former Deputy US Secretary of the Interior J. Steven Griles [Wikipedia profile] pleaded guilty to felony obstruction of justice charges Friday for lying to the Senate Indian Affairs Committee [official website] in 2005 about his relationship with former lobbyist Jack Abramoff [JURIST news … [read more]


Legal News
22 Mar 2007
by Robert DeVries

[JURIST] Prosecutors filed papers Thursday in federal court recommending a reduced prison sentence for former lobbyist Jack Abramoff [JURIST news archive] for giving "substantial assistance" in another Washington corruption case. The "nature, extent and value" of his cooperation will be revealed in future filings, according to prosecutors. Abramoff was sentenced … [read more]

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