Figure in Abramoff probe won't serve prison time
Robert Coughlin, a former Department of Justice official, was sentenced to month in a halfway house, three years probation, a $2,000 fine and 200 hours of community service in connection with the Jack Abramoff scandal.

Coughlin was a liaison in DOJ's Office of Legislative Affairs. He admitted he accepted gifts in exchange for helping Abramoff's clients, including the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians.

Coughlin was a friend of Kevin Ring, whose first trial ended in a mistrial. A new trial is set for June 2010.

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No Jail Time For Coughlin In Abramoff Scandal (The National Journal 11/24)
Ex-DOJ Official Sentenced in Conflict of Interest Case (Main Justice 11/24)
No jail time for figure in Abramoff scandal (AP 11/24)