Former Congressman’s Federal Corruption Trial Begins

A leading watchdog group named Renzi, above, as one of the top 20 most corrupt congressmen for three straight years. (Photo: Wikipedia)

A leading watchdog group named Renzi, above, as one of the top 20 most corrupt congressmen for three straight years. (Photo: Wikipedia)

Opening arguments in the Tucson trial of former Arizona Representative Rick Renzi (R-AZ) began Wednesday with federal prosecution characterizing Renzi as having engaged in “lying and stealing … taking advantage of people” and having “sold out his office.” Meanwhile Renzi counsel Kelly Kramer contended that his client “didn’t extort anybody … solicit any bribes” or “defraud anyone.” Charged with 32 counts of conspiracy, fraud and extortion, if convicted the three-term former congressman from Arizona’s 1st District could face up to 400 years of prison.

Dennis Wagner writes at The Arizona Republic:

In 2005 Resolution Copper Mining wanted surface rights to an ore-laden national forest area near [the town of] Superior. Another investment group involving former Gov. Bruce Babbitt [(D)] was seeking to trade private conservation land for potential development properties owned by the government near Phoenix.

In response to their request, Renzi allegedly replied, “No Sandlin land, no deal.”

“That’s extortion,” said Justice Department attorney David Harbach Wednesday.

Read more at Opposing Views.

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  • BuzzCoastin

    certainly, every member of congress could be tried for the same things
    I wonder what his real crime against them was
    because on the surface
    it looks like bizmess as usual

  • http://artasith-m-nasdsnre.tumblr.com/ Simon Valentine

    some people develop juice like fruits
    others just stick to money
    and money sticks to them
    it’s quite obvious, really.

    other people develop juice like frogs.
    or toads
    toads and warts they always say

    if the process of determining the value of Sandlin land is worth more than Sandlin land, then “No Sandlin land, no deal” is brevity. thus the explanation that people who do no more work than [people who work] yet acquire more money ‘get juiced’ every once in awhile. *edit* by the way, according to equality and reasonable compensation… yet here even in his defense it is likely that he failed to meet either of those criteria. open shut case.

    just wait for “having money” to be an “aesthetic life style”. but don’t hold your breath, it’ll be a bit more like the process of determining than it’ll be like extortion, business, or efficient omission of valuable information. “sacrifice me~” says the infested terran, who is little more than data, eh?

  • http://twitter.com/TedHeistman Ted Heistman

    Never trust a guy with a mullet…

    • VaudeVillain

      Unless he’s Brock Sampson, of course.

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    “… could face up to 400 years of prison.”

    Of course, but they’ll never sentence the lich to have his phyalactory destroyed so whats the point, its like a slap on the wrist.

  • DrDavidKelly

    I bet he gets a suspended 9 month sentence or a $1,000 fine – he pays the fine then becomes a CEO of a major corporation that advocates animal testing. How do these people sleep at night? On a big fuck off bed with a couple of hot hookers.

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