Judge sets June 2010 trial for Abramoff player
A federal judge set a June 2010 trial in the case of Kevin Ring, an associate of jailed lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

Ring went on trial last month on corruption, fraud and other charges. But Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle declared a mistrial after jurors were unable to agree on eight counts.

Federal prosecutors say Ring showered gifts on Congressional aides and Bush administration officials to influence them into taking actions to benefit his clients, including the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, Abramoff's biggest client.

Prosecutors also say Ring developed a "corrupt" lobbying scheme whose targets included Sandia Pueblo of New Mexico.

In related news, a former Bush administration was sentenced to a year in federal prison for his role in the scandal. David Safavian, a former lobbyist whose clients included the National Indian Gaming Association, was convicted of lying about his ties to Abramoff.

Get the Story:
Ring Retrial Delayed Until June (The National Journal 10/20)
Kevin Ring Gets Retrial Date; Prosecutors Talk Billing Records (The Blog of Legal Times 10/19)
June 21 retrial set for former lobbyist (AP 10/19)
Lobbyist associated with Abramoff still battling in court (The Hill 10/19)
Hung Jury Could Trip Up Other Corruption Cases (Roll Call 10/19)
Figure in Abramoff scandal gets prison (AP 10/16)

An Opinion:
Gary S. Chafetz: The Ring of Truth (The Huffington Post 10/17)

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