Shivers down congressional spines

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I can't imagine many people in Washington will be happy to read this line in tomorrow's New York Times story about Jack Abramoff's sentencing hearing in Miami:

 

 

The judge agreed to the prison term, the minimum possible under sentencing guidelines, after prosecutors praised Mr. Abramoff for his cooperation in the Washington inquiry, which centers on accusations that he had tried to bribe public officials, including Republican lawmakers.

 

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"I've spent a lot of time with both men," said Lawrence D. LaVecchio, an assistant United States attorney in Miami in the case, referring to Mr. Abramoff and Mr. Kidan. "They are both trying to atone."