Safavian Sentenced to 18 Months

David Safavian, a Bush administration official who enjoyed golfing with Jack Abramoff in Scotland on Abramoff's dime, will be taking an 18 month break from the links. In June, Safavian was convicted of making false statements to government agents and of obstructing the Abramoff investigation. At yesterday's sentencing, Judge Paul Friedman vented his frustration with the culture of corruption in Washington, but resisted the government's pitch for a three year sentence.

The 18-month sentence fell halfway between the defense's recommendation that he serve between zero and 12 months, and a Justice Department recommendation for 30 to 37 months.

The government wanted Judge Friedman to enhance Safavian's sentence for perjury it believes he committed during his trial. Judge Friedman made a generous finding that Safavian might actually have believed his false testimony to be true, saving Safavian from a longer sentence. Safavian's refusal to acknowledge wrongdoing convinced the judge that Safavian deserved a short stint in federal custody.

Safavian is the first person sentenced in the Washington corruption investigation that also led to an Oct. 13 guilty plea by Representative Bob Ney, an Ohio Republican who joined the trip to Scotland. Abramoff and three of his former colleagues have pleaded guilty to conspiracy, though their sentencing dates have been delayed while they cooperate with the ongoing probe.
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    Safavian Resposiblity (none / 0) (#1)
    by ding7777 on Sat Oct 28, 2006 at 06:00:50 PM EST
    Friedman [said]... Safavian showed no sign of accepting responsibility for his crimes.

    If Safavian did accept responsiblity, how likely would it be that he would have gotten just probabtion?

    safavian ... it's good to be white and republican (none / 0) (#2)
    by Sailor on Sat Oct 28, 2006 at 07:29:56 PM EST
    Safavian's refusal to acknowledge wrongdoing
    is normally a reason for a judge to throw the book.

    In addition to that folks constantly miss early parole because the board doesn't find them 'contrite.'

    He was found guilty of one of the worst things that can happen in our system, he was bribed and used his gov't position to make sure the briber's wishes could come true.

    Safavian's Appeal (none / 0) (#3)
    by ding7777 on Sun Oct 29, 2006 at 09:43:08 AM EST
    But if Safavian's appeals and gets a new trial, can't his "acceptance" of illegal activity be used against him?

    Appeal? (none / 0) (#4)
    by Repack Rider on Sun Oct 29, 2006 at 02:59:15 PM EST
    What grounds are you suggesting he has for an appeal?

    It's pretty common for a judge to allow a defendant to make a statement before sentencing, but if he uses it to arrogantly deny that the facts that the jury has found to be true are not true, the judge may take the arrogance into account to impose a harsher sentence, just as he might take contrition into account to impose a lighter one.

    When you're in a hole, stop digging and start singing.

    Safavian is scum.  He is lucky to be getting off as easily as he is.  

    What is it about Republican administrations that they have so many criminals on their payrolls?  First Nixon, then Reagan, and now Bush-lite, each trying to out-corrupt the one before.