US lobbyist gets 4 years in prison for corruption

September 4, 2008 23:56

A US judge sentenced a disgraced US lobbyist to four years in prison on Thursday. The judge could have sentenced Jack Abramoff to 11 years, but gave him credit for helping the FBI investigate an influence-peddling scandal. With Abramoff's help, the Justice Department won corruption convictions against a parade of lawmakers, Bush administration figures and congressional aides. Abramoff admitted trading luxury golf junkets, expensive meals, sports event tickets and other gifts for political favors. The scandal shook Washington from the White House to Congress and contributed to the Republicans' loss of both legislative houses in 2006. Abramoff apologized to the court and said he was a changed man.

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