Monday, June 12, 2006

Where's Jack?

Closing arguments were made to the jury today in the trial of David Safavian, the former OMB official accused of lying to investigators in the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal. The trial was expected to draw quite a bit of media attention, but when it became apparent that neither side would be calling Abramoff to the witness stand interest quickly dwindled.

In exchange for free meals and a golf trip to Scotland, prosecutor Nathaniel Edmonds told the jury, Safavian provided Abramoff with inside information on government properties such as the Old Post Office that Abramoff hoped to convert into an hotel.

"Where's Jack?" responded Safavian's attorney, Barbara Van Gelder. "If the government does not call Jack Abramoff they have not met their burden."


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