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Duke Cunningham To Judge: You And The IRS 'Have Killed Me'

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"The IRS has taken everything I have worked for during my nearly 70 years," Cunningham wrote. "You can only push a man so far, your honor."

"As one of the most highly decorated veterans in the history of his nation and a lifetime of service yes I made mistakes but does that include killing me and my family," he went on.

Cunningham argued that liens the IRS had placed on his pensions went further than the restitution agreement he signed as part of his plea deal.

Judge Larry Burns wrote back, explaining that the IRS liens have nothing to do with his restitution agreement. The agency, he said, is collecting back taxes on the bribes Cunningham received while in office.

"Accordingly, I have concluded there is no occasion for me to take any action," he wrote.

Some of Cunningham's bribes came from Brent Wilkes, who was convicted but is currently out on bail winning poker tournaments.