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Ex-US Senate aide pleads guilty in corruption case

Ex-US Senate aide pleads guilty in corruption case

A former longtime Senate aide pleaded guilty Tuesday to swapping U.S. legislative favors for event tickets and other gifts from disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff's firm.
Ann Copland wiped tears from her eyes as she admitted to U.S. District Judge Richard Roberts that she took the gifts in exchange for helping one of Abramoff's top clients, the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians.
Copland, 52, pleaded guilty to conspiring with Abramoff and his associates to commit honest services fraud over a two-year period beginning in 2002.
Copland is the latest among more than a dozen congressional aides, lobbyists, lawmakers and Bush administration officials convicted as part of a lobbying scandal spawned by Abramoff, a former high-flying Republican influence peddler now serving a four-year prison term.
Democrats used the scandals to attack the mostly Republican officials involved and propel the party to victory in the 2006 elections.
In Tuesday's hearing, Copland admitted violating Senate rules that prohibit staff members from soliciting gifts from lobbyists.


Updated : 2021-03-02 03:50 GMT+08:00