Blog: Abramoff associate asks judge to step aside
"Kevin Ring, who was arrested last week on conspiracy, fraud and obstruction-of-justice charges stemming from his work on Jack Abramoff’s lobbying team, has asked a federal judged to recuse herself from his case.

Ring is accused of attempting to thwart a grand jury and congressional investigation, of lying about getting an alleged $135,000 kickback, and of engaging in a scheme to deprive citizens of the "honest services" of their elected officials, including his former boss, Rep. John Doolittle (R-Calif.).

In a motion filed yesterday with Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Ring questioned whether her “impartiality has been eroded” as the principal judge in a five-year federal influence-peddling investigation that has generated guilty pleas from 13 former lobbyists and government officials. “The motion is made out of concern, not lack of respect,” wrote Ring’s lawyer, Richard Hibey of Miller & Chevalier."

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Former Abramoff Associate Asks Judge to Step Aside (The Blog of Legal Times 9/17)

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