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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-29-07 02:08 PM
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21. Gale A. Norton: Griles merits leniency
Griles merits leniency, ex-officials say
The former deputy secretary of the Interior could get prison for lying to Senate investigators in the Abramoff scandal.
By Henry Weinstein, Times Staff Writer - June 24, 2007
http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/asection/la-na...

Former Interior Secretary Gale A. Norton is urging a federal judge in Washington to show leniency in sentencing her former top deputy, but leaders of Indian and environmental organizations want J. Steven Griles to be given a stiff sentence for his crimes.

... described by GOP lobbyist Jack Abramoff as "our guy" at the Interior Department ... Norton's chief deputy from 2001 to 2005, admitted that he lied when he told Senate investigators and the Senate Indian Affairs Committee in 2005 that Abramoff had no special access to his office. Abramoff had "instant and continued access to Griles" upon meeting him and forcefully sought assistance from the Interior Department for the tribes he represented, according to court documents. ...

Several other former Interior Department officials, Republican Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter of Idaho and Rep. Barbara Cubin (R-Wyo.) are among 90 other people who have submitted letters on Griles' behalf. ...

The prosecutors countered that "a sentence of incarceration will send a message to all would-be congressional witnesses that they are expected to testify fully and completely, or face serious punitive consequences." ... "Griles' lies and withholding of material information perverted the congressional investigation into the alleged access and influence Abramoff had" ...

In his efforts to help Abramoff, the prosecutors said, Griles went so far as to review a seating chart at a dinner party held by Federici, so that Abramoff could introduce clients to ranking Interior Department officials ...
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  -ABRAMOFF Scandal: J. Steven Griles Ordered to Prison, Highest-Ranked Bush Administration Convict L. Coyote  Jun-27-07 06:42 PM   #0 
  - 10 months  redqueen   Jun-27-07 06:43 PM   #1 
  - INDEED. Good news is one more person cooperating with the investigations.  L. Coyote   Jun-27-07 06:53 PM   #2 
     - Glad he brought up her name. She seems every bit as cheesy as her collegues.  Judi Lynn   Jun-29-07 02:23 PM   #22 
     - Abramoff-Scanlon School of Sleaze: Griles, Federici, Safavian, Flanigan, Norton, McCain  L. Coyote   Jun-30-07 03:49 PM   #28 
  - Sources: Wikipedia, SourceWatch "involved in efforts to help two of Abramoffs clients"  L. Coyote   Jun-27-07 07:22 PM   #3 
  - Has this been anywhere on network TV or  malaise   Jun-27-07 07:23 PM   #4 
  - Yesterday's article is propagating well in print media online  L. Coyote   Jun-27-07 07:56 PM   #5 
  - Here is a YouTube post of the National News  L. Coyote   Jun-28-07 12:27 AM   #12 
     - Thanks n/t  malaise   Jun-28-07 12:04 PM   #15 
  - WA POST: 10 months PLUS Griles fined $30,000, three years probation  L. Coyote   Jun-27-07 08:33 PM   #6 
  - Griles sought lessor sentence " of working for anti-environmental group"  L. Coyote   Jun-29-07 03:29 PM   #23 
  - FRIENDS OF THE EARTH: The Case against J. Steven Griles  L. Coyote   Jun-27-07 08:45 PM   #7 
  - LAW.com: Lobbying Firm Cuts Ties to Name Partner  L. Coyote   Jun-27-07 08:49 PM   #8 
  - TPM Muckraker: Sex, Lies, and Energy Interests  L. Coyote   Jun-27-07 09:45 PM   #9 
  - Earth Shakers: The Counter-Enviro Power List - J. Steven Griles: Lobbyist  L. Coyote   Jun-27-07 11:42 PM   #10 
  - WA POST: Griles Pleads Guilty To Lying to Senate = March 24, 2007  L. Coyote   Jun-28-07 12:08 AM   #11 
  - I wonder if there will be further info from Griles as a heavy conscience  upi402   Jun-28-07 01:01 AM   #13 
  - Watch the rotating door. I bet he's back in action soon, doing the same work.  L. Coyote   Jun-28-07 10:24 AM   #14 
  - Abramoff Cited Aid Of Griles - Conflict-of-Interest Probe Is Underway  L. Coyote   Jun-30-07 03:07 PM   #27 
  - K&R  ck4829   Jun-28-07 12:05 PM   #16 
  - consequences  bigtree   Jun-28-07 12:07 PM   #17 
  - Abramoff described Interior Deputy Secretary Steve Griles as "a friend .....  L. Coyote   Jun-28-07 01:34 PM   #18 
  - Let's hope he doesn't hold the record long. nt  eppur_se_muova   Jun-28-07 02:40 PM   #19 
  - You refer to highest-ranked Administration official, I presume? INDEED.  L. Coyote   Jun-28-07 10:14 PM   #20 
  - Gale A. Norton: Griles merits leniency  L. Coyote   Jun-29-07 02:08 PM   #21 
  - Norton Ex-Aides Clash on Lobbyist's Influence = Accused Griles of Aiding Abramoff  L. Coyote   Jun-30-07 01:20 PM   #24 
  - Inspector General Report: J. Steven Griles Investigation, March 2004  L. Coyote   Jun-30-07 01:26 PM   #25 
  - Griles quickly inserted himself into Individual Indian Money (IIM) trust = 2001  L. Coyote   Jun-30-07 03:03 PM   #26 
 

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