"Another Bush Administration Official To Plead Guilty In Abramoff Probe"
The Legal Times reports that another Bush administration official is expected to plead guilty as a result of the ongoing Abramoff probe:
Roger Stillwell, the desk officer for the Mariana Islands at the U.S. Department of the Interior who dealt closely with disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, is expected to plead guilty to a misdemeanor count of false certification, his attorney confirmed Wednesday.
Stillwell has previously acknowledged that he accepted dinners at Abramoff’s restaurant and tickets to Washington Redskins games. He also said he sent Abramoff copies of e-mails he sent to his boss, but he claimed that there was nothing “wrong with doing that.”
The guilty plea will come on the heels of a conviction handed down by a jury last week against former White House procurement chief David Safavian. “So far five people “” Abramoff and former associates Michael Scanlon, Tony Rudy, Neil Volz, and Adam Kidan “” have pleaded guilty.”
The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands was a major client of Abramoff, paying him over $1 million to stop legislation aimed at cracking down on sweatshops and sex shops in the American territory. (That legislation still hasn’t passed).