It appears that convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff's extensive cooperation with federal investigators is paying off. He received a reduced sentence in connection with the corruption investigation that has ended the careers of a handful of politicians and government officials.
Abramoff was contrite at his sentencing hearing, attempting to portray himself as a changed man. Of his crimes, he had this to say:
“It is hard to see the exact moment that I went over the line but, looking backwards, it is amazing for me to see how far I strayed and how I did not see it at the time. So much of what happens in Washington stretches the envelope, skirts the spirit of the rules, and lives in the loopholes.”
As we say, it's not the illegal stuff that shocks, but the legal, or mostly legal activities that go on every day in Washington that really make you nervous.