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Deputy to the Secretary of the Interior J. Steven Griles, the number two person in the Interior Department, plead guilty to obstructing a congressional investigation. His attorneys and the United States Attorney agreed on a five month jail term. However, at the sentencing, he and his attorney tried to minimize his conduct and shift the blame to the Senate. The Federal Judge, who was irritated by this, doubled the sentence to ten months. He was convicted of lying about his role in the Jack Abramoff scandal that has led to convictions of a former congressman, legislative aides, lobbyists and officials in the Bush administration. His attorney should receive the “dumb attorney” award for 2007.

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