Abramoff and Kidan Sentenced:


Disgraced super lobbyist Jack Abramoff was sentenced yesterday to 70 months in prison for obtaining fraudulent loans in his purchase of Sun Cruz Casinos. His partner Adam Kidan received the same sentence, but is still under investigation for his role in the murder of former Sun Cruz owner and rival Gus Boulis. The Washington Post notes that, “His prison time could be reduced further if he provides substantial assistance to corruption investigators, and both prosecutors and defense attorneys said he has been helpful so far.” One of the congressmen the Justice Department is investigating in connection with the Abramoff case, Rep. Bob Ney (R-OH), stated that he will not accept a plea deal and, through his lawyer, announced that he has, “recently been seeking to persuade prosecutors not to bring charges in Washington or Florida. An agreement Ney signed last fall that waived the five-year statute of limitations on possible charges in Florida will expire in late April.”