February 27, 2007

Former Aide to Ex-Congressman Ney Pleads Guilty in Abramoff Case

A former chief of staff to then-Rep. Robert W. Ney (R-Ohio) pleaded guilty yesterday to corruption charges stemming from accepting gifts, gambling chips and trips -- including an expense-paid junket to Scotland with his boss -- from former lobbyist Jack Abramoff and a foreign businessman.
The plea agreement by William Heaton revealed for the first time that Ney kept some of his ill-gotten gains -- $5,000 in British pounds -- in a safe in his congressional office. Heaton, who worked for Ney from 2001 until last year, admitted that he helped the congressman stash the money and periodically opened the safe at Ney's request so he could get to the cash, prosecutors said.
Ney, who resigned last year, pleaded guilty and was sentenced last month to 30 months in prison.

Washington Post

February 24, 2007

The Decline of Public Discourse

Freedom of speech is not what it may seem. Recently, the Public Discourse in this country has been stunted and manipulated in order to advance political agendas.

Student Journalism
March 16, 2006
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Published on February 24, 2007