DeLay buddy pleads guilty

Yeah, Jack Abramoff is really, really, really sorry that he had to plead guilty to public corruption, fraud, and tax evasion. But, as Michael Crowley reports from the courthouse, "today seems to be the beginning and not the end."

Abramoff has yet to be sentenced primarily because "Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle said she would 'defer sentencing until such a time as the defendant has completed his cooperation.'" In other words, if he rolls over on some of the numerous politicians he worked with, his sentence is likely to be on the lighter side of the 10 years maximum for which he's eligible (for the above mentioned pleas. There are others).

Crowley reports: "At the hearing's climactic moment, soon after Abramoff agreed to surrender his passport, he stood to address the judge... Abramoff, who has always presented himself as an extremely religious man, added that he's seeking 'forgiveness from the Almighty.' From where I sat, judge Huvell looked distinctly unimpressed -- impatient, even -- with this show of remorse."

Hey Jack, I know one good way to get the Lord Almighty back on your side. The truth. It may not set your body free but your soul's in need of a plea bargain of its own. Start with DeLay and Bob Ney, then move on to Conrad Burns, Sam Brownback, Gary Bauer, Grover Norquist... [MORE]. (The Plank)

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