I'm watching MSNBC and a reporter just said, "[Jack] Abramoff's plea bargain deal today should keep his prison time down to between nine and eleven years."In case you don't know who Abramoff is, he's the lobbyist who worked with Tom DeLay to force poor laborers to have forced abortions. He's also a racist scumbag who pretended to be helping Indian nations with casino work while playing them against each other for a huge personal profit.
How guilty do you have to be to make that kind of deal? The charges could have put him away for thirty years but how often does anyone in a non-violent crime get the maximum? Abramoff and his lawyers had to be pretty sure he was heading for a lot more than fifteen or sixteen.
And I hope all the crooked congresscritters who took money from Abramoff and his co-scum get punished for it. As Evanier said, "and it's about time politicians of all kind saw that there can be accountability (i.e., prison time) for selling out the public trust for lobbyist dollars."