Saturday, March 04, 2006

The Duke Gets Eight Years

For his efforts on capital hill.

SAN DIEGO - Former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham spent his first night in prison after receiving a sentence of eight years and four months for collecting $2.4 million in homes, yachts and other bribes in a corruption scheme unmatched in the annals of Congress.

And, Rep. Katherine Harris (R-Fl) story in this case in getting more interesting.

Rep. Katherine Harris (R-Fla.) has acknowledged that she requested last year that $10 million in federal funds be set aside for a Navy intelligence program in her district at the request of Washington contractor Mitchell J. Wade, who pleaded guilty last week to bribing another House member.

Harris, who gained notoriety as secretary of state in Florida during the contested Bush-Gore presidential race in 2000, is running for the Senate this year. News media in her home state have been focusing on her dealings with Wade since prosecutors disclosed last week that she was the unwitting recipient of $32,000 in illegal campaign donations from Wade in 2004.

Harris has already lawyered up, getting an expert in this type of criminal law.


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