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Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Extortion Of Lawyers From the Bench Lands Bush Election Lawyer in Federal Prison
A sad case from upstate New York. Former state judge and Bush election lawyer for the 2000 Florida recount -- and without dispute a top New York State election lawyer --, Thomas Spargo was sentenced to 27 months in prison for trying to extort lawyers appearing before him in court in order to finance his own legal fees in connection with a long-running disciplinary matter.
Today's Albany Times-Union (www.timesunion.com) covers it, but here's a link to the federal court docket.
One note: The judge declined to "enhance" the sentence due to Spargo's role. The government was represented by attorneys from the main Department of Justice Public Integrity division in Washington, D.C. and one wonders whether the sentence may be appealed by a DOJ which appears to have made this case a priority. (Conspiracy theorists could also wonder if Spargo being a prime Republican lawyer-operative might have something to do with it.)