Thursday, August 14, 2008

Update: The return of Quiet Bob

Some know him as Federal Prisoner #28882-016.

Some know him--okay, I know him--as Quiet Bob, with whom I spent one surreal New Year's Eve ten years ago.

The constituents in his district may best know him as Former US Representative Bob Ney, who finishes tomorrow his 17 ½ month sentence for corruption in connection with the Jack Abramoff investigation.

Ney, 54, an eight-term Republican from eastern Ohio, entered a federal prison in Morgantown, W.Va., in March 2007 and transferred to a halfway house in Cincinnati in February, according to federal prison officials. Sentenced to 30 months, Ney will have served 17 1/2 months.

Michael Real, community corrections manager for the Federal Bureau of Prisons, said Ney is being released more than a year early because of good behavior and his participation in a drug and alcohol program while in prison. Ney, in his guilty plea, told a federal judge that he was an alcoholic; he has been subjected to mandatory testing since entering prison. […]

Ney is the only lawmaker to have been charged in the continuing Abramoff investigation.

Good behavior and program participation--all positive signs, of course. But the key question remains: Have you rehabilitated yourself?

The Post article adds this tantalizing tidbit:

The Hill, a Capitol Hill newspaper, reported in March that Ney has been working as a researcher for a liberal talk radio station in Ohio.

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