Ney: Send Me to The Drunk Tank, Not The Slammer

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Rep. Bob Ney (R-OH), who accepted a host of bribes from lobbyist Jack Abramoff, has said before that drink made him do it.

Now his lawyer, in a request to the judge for lenience, repeated that again yesterday, and requested that “the Court specifically find that Mr. Ney’s alcohol addiction contributed to the conduct he has admitted.” His lawyer added that “Mr. Ney would benefit from participation in the Residential Drug Abuse Program offered by the Bureau of Prisons during any term of imprisonment.” (You can read the entire filing here.)

As Justin pointed out before, the residential program would remove Ney from the general inmate population and may ultimately reduce his sentence by up to a year. Prosecutors have recommended 29 months in prison for Ney. His sentencing will take place January 19th.