Rep. Robert W. Ney (R-Ohio) pleaded guilty (in October) to corruption charges arising from the influence-peddling investigation of lobbyist Jack Abramoff, becoming the first elected official to fall in a scandal that may (have) damage(d) his party's chances in (last) month's elections.
Ney, 52, ...appear(ed) in federal court in Washington, where he admitted performing official acts for lobbyists in exchange for campaign contributions, expensive meals, luxury travel and skybox sports tickets. Ney also admitted taking thousands of dollars in gambling chips from an international businessman who sought his help with the State Department.
Now Ney's very expensive attorneys, Mark Tuohey and David Hawkins of (the elite DC firm) Vinson & Elkins, according to the Belt-way blog, The Hill, have
The attorneys have recommended some guidelines for the letters Ney's friends might send:
urged (Ney's) friends to write letters of support in advance of the former Ohio Republican representative’s sentencing on corruption charges in January.
The attorneys hope to show the judge that the actions that led Ney to plead guilty to corruption charges in October were an aberration in a professional career otherwise dedicated to public service. Ney was a member of the House at the time of his guilty plea, but later resigned his seat.
“Letters of support are a very important part of the sentencing process, and, we hope, will give Judge Huvelle a clear picture of the kind of person Bob is, the contributions he has made, and the support that he continues to enjoy from his friends and others in the community,” wrote Ney attorneys ... in a Dec. 6 letter obtained by The Hill.
“Things that are important for the judge to know are your feelings about Bob’s character, his work for his constituents in Ohio, his work on national issues, his integrity, his dedication to public service, and anything else that you think will give the judge a full understanding of who Bob is and the work he has done.”Call me a vindictive, cold, heartless bastard if you will, but it seems to me that, if Ney's attorneys think letters from Ney's friends might help to ameliorate the sentence he's accorded (the Govt. asked for a wrist-slap: a mere 27 MONTHS) , then maybe letters from people who loathe and detest the corrupt, criminal, co-opted, crooked cocksucker might work either to off-set some of the more 'positive' letters the Judge in the case--Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia--and persuade her to throw the fucking book at the slimy, crooked, contemptible fucknozzle. And might I also suggest you follow the advice of the lawyers, and touch on those aspects of Ney's corruption which will help the Judge to a 'full understanding" of who he is, who he has betrayed, and the full scope of his corruption.
That address is:
Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle
United States District Court for the District of Columbia,
333 Constitution Ave., N.W.
Washington, DC 20001