Fredericks Peebles & Morgan LLP
Advertise:   712.224.5420

Abramoff Scandal
Jury to decide on charges against ex-Bush official

Closing arguments were held on Monday in the only Jack Abramoff case to go to trial.

David Safavian, a former Bush administration official and lobbyist, is charged with lying about his ties to Abramoff. The charges stem from an overseas trip Safavian took with Abramoff that was partly financed with tribal funds.

The judge hearing the case threw out one of the charges against Safavian. He said federal prosecutors failed to show he lied to General Services Administration ethics officers about Abramoff ever doing "business" before the agency.

The remaining charges, including lying and obstructing the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, stand as the jury begins deliberations. Safavian, who once represented the National Indian Gaming Association, faces prison time if convicted.

So far, four people connected to the Abramoff scandal have pleaded guilty. Safavian's lawyer has said prosecutors went after him only because he refused to deal.

Get the Story:
Safavian Case Goes to Jurors (The Washington Post 6/13)
Judge Lets Stand Major Charges Against Ex-Aide (The New York Times 6/13)
Prosecutor Seeks Conviction for Safavian (AP 6/12)

Recent Court Decisions US v. Safavian:
May 23, 2005 | April 28, 2006 | April 25, 2006

Court Documents US v Volz:
Charge of Information | Guilty Plea | Factual Proffer

Related Stories:
Ex-Bush official denies wrongdoing on Abramoff (6/6)
Ex-Bush official testifies on Abramoff dealings (6/5)
Senate Indian Affairs investigator testifies (6/2)
Prosecution nears end of case against ex-official (6/1)
Column: A lot of talk about golf at ex-official's trial (6/1)
Former staffer, an Abramoff associate, testifies (5/31)
Team Abramoff member to testify at official's trial (5/30)
Sen. Reid met with two of Abramoff's tribal clients (5/30)
Ex-Bush official on trial for Abramoff connections (5/25)
Opening statements set for ex-Bush official's trial (5/24)
Ex-Bush official, an Abramoff associate, set for trial (5/22)
Ex-White House official goes to trial on Monday (5/19)
White House official offered support to Abramoff (5/11)
Latest Abramoff plea targets Republican Congressman (05/09)
Another guilty plea from Team Abramoff (5/8)
Judge won't dismiss case against ex-Bush official (05/02)
Judge to read Abramoff e-mails in ex-official's case (4/28)
Former Bush official headed to trial in Abramoff probe (03/27)
Abramoff tried to exploit tribes for Washington project (02/13)
Ex-White House official fights SCIA on Abramoff (02/07)
DOJ says ex-Bush official tipped off Abramoff (01/30)
Rep. Young intervened on behalf of Abramoff (01/25)
Abramoff not in NIGA's camp but lobbyist came close (01/19)
White House pressed on contacts with Abramoff (01/18)
Abramoff pleads guilty in Washington lobbying scandal (01/04)
McCain expects 'lots' of indictments in Abramoff case (12/05)
Abramoff probe looking into Congress, Bush (11/25)
Ex-White House official failed to cut lobbying ties (11/23)
Charges laid against Scanlon in tribal lobbying probe (11/21)
White House cites cooperation with Abramoff probe (11/16)
Ex-White House official claims 'set-up' over Abramoff (11/15)
Abramoff scandal takes toll on GOP, White House (10/14)
Former official pleads not guilty in Abramoff probe (10/10)
Indicted ex-Bush official worked for NIGA, tribes (10/07)
Former Bush official indicted in Abramoff probe (10/06)
Cannon denies ex-Abramoff lobbyist set agenda (09/29)
Ex-White House official sought to close GovWorks (09/27)
Ex-Bush official blames arrest on Abramoff probe (09/22)
Column: Abramoff scandal visits the White House (09/21)
Arrested Bush official has questionable ties (09/21)
White House official arrested in Abramoff probe (09/20)
Utah congressman hired ex-Abramoff associate (09/02)