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Prosecutors have hardly been lax when going after officials touched by the illegal dealings of now-convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff. But during the sentencing of former Rep. Bob Ney (R-Ohio) last week, it became clear the Justice Department isn’t the only one cracking down in the string of corruption scandals that have rocked the capital. Prosecutors sought a 27-month sentence for Ney, who pleaded guilty in October to two felony counts of conspiracy and false statements. But Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle gave Ney 30 months plus a $6,000 fine to be paid during two years of supervised release. “You have severely betrayed the public trust,” Huvelle told him. Ney, 52, is the second government official connected to the scandal who has received a harsher sentence than the government requested. The other is Roger Stillwell, the former Mariana Islands desk officer for the Interior Department who received two years of probation and a $1,000 fine from Magistrate Judge Alan Kay earlier this month. Both Stillwell and the government asked Kay for six months of probation.
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