Ney Due to Be Released in August

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How time flies.

At the end of this month, exactly one year after he entered prison, ex-Rep. Bob Ney (R-OH), so far the only congressman to go to jail for taking bribes from Jack Abramoff, will move to a halfway house, Roll Call first reported (sub. req.) this morning. And then, because of good behavior, he’s due to be released in August, shaving approximately 13 months off his 30-month sentence.

A key issue in Ney’s sentencing was that he was a “functional alcoholic,” who would sometimes crack open his first beer as early as 7:30 AM. Ney’s lawyer tells The Columbus Dispatch that Ney, aka Inmate #28882-016, has been involved in an alcohol treatment program at the minimum security prison, and he’s doing “pretty well.”