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I'm not sure whether I need to be thinking of the LA Law or The Sopranos playbook to understand the motivation here. Kelly's lawyer says she's ready to talk to federal prosecutors about the Bridge Scandal so long as she's "provided with the appropriate procedural safeguards." So she seems ready to talk. Her lawyer thinks the attacks on Kelly's character are a warning shot that they'll tear her apart if she agrees to testify against Christie or his still protected associates. And that does seem like the most likely explanation.
But which would you prefer, public character assassination or multiple years sitting in federal prison?