We've been quiet about it so far, but privately we've been training, focusing, air-boxing to the Rocky theme music -- let the era of the Abramoff trial begin!
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Opening statements in the trial of Abramoff pal David Safavian are tomorrow, and Justin will be there at DC's E. Barrett Prettyman U.S. Courthouse to get the sights and sounds. (Running up the steps in a sweatshirt -- Rising up, back on the street/Did my time, took my chances. . . )
Jack himself won't be showing up - prosecutors have chosen to let his emails speak for themselves. (As a consolation prize, Rep. Bob Ney's (R-OH) former staffer Neil Volz will take the stand.) And this isn't exactly a bribery trial. Safavian, a former General Services Administration official, is charged with lying to GSA ethics officials, the GSA's Inspector General, and investigators from the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. So it's not really a good indicator of how prosecutors will fare in court when they go after members of Congress.