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Judge: No Restitution Relief For Abramoff Partner In Crime

AP | By NEDRA PICKLER | Posted 11.14.2011 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Ex-lobbyist Jack Abramoff's former partner in crime shouldn't expect relief on his appeal to reduce a $20 million restitution order. Th...

Junkie Pride

Gary S. Chafetz | Posted 01.11.2012 | Politics
Gary S. Chafetz

During his Sixty Minutes interview, I was not surprised to see that Abramoff was his usual likeable and articulate self. I was surprised, however, that Abramoff responded to his interviewer, Leslie Stahl, with almost "junkie pride."

SUPREME COURT FINALLY GUTS HONEST-SERVICE FRAUD

Gary S. Chafetz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Gary S. Chafetz

Today, in a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court gutted the honest-services fraud statute --"depriv[ing] another of the intangible right of honest se...

Review of Casino Jack and the United States of Money by Alex Gibney

Gary S. Chafetz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Gary S. Chafetz

I recently watched Casino Jack and the United State of Money, a new documentary about Jack Abramoff by filmmaker Alex Gibney, in a virtually empty mov...

Emily Miller: Jack Abramoff Scandal Still Hurts

The Washington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

She claims to be well past the events that turned her into a pawn in the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal, but as she talks about each twist and turn, t...

The Ring of Truth

Gary S. Chafetz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gary S. Chafetz

A judge in D.C. reluctantly declared a mistrial for Kevin Ring, one of Abramoff's trusted lieutenants. It may be a sign that the reign of honest-services-fraud terror by federal prosecutors is ending.

The Fraud of Honest-Services Fraud

Gary S. Chafetz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gary S. Chafetz

Essentially, honest-services fraud makes prosecutors omnipotent, because they can charge anybody they want with a federal felony.

Prosecutorial Misconduct

Gary S. Chafetz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gary S. Chafetz

After the dark days at the Department of Justice under President Bush, not surprisingly integrity seems to have returned under President Obama and Eric Holder. But how far will that integrity go?