Disgraced former Rep. Bob Ney (R-OH) was sentenced this morning to 30 months in prison for his role in a congressional bribery scandal. Ney had previously admitted to trading favors for golf trips, meals, tickets, and campaign donations from Jack Abramoff
Thirty months isn’t all, though. There’s more:
"When he is released, the judge said, Ney will serve another two years on probation and pay a $6,000 fine. She also ordered him into a prison alcohol rehabilitation program for treatment of a drinking problem he has acknowledged in recent months."
Nobody expected a sentence this harsh—both prosecutors and Ney’s lawyers asked for less. But as the U.S. District Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle pointed out, he violated the integrity of his office and the trust of the people who put him there, and that’s a big deal.