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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Russ Caso sentenced to probation only

This seems worth celebrating to me, and seems to signal the end of the investigation into Congressman Weldon. Which produced nothing, except Senate candidate Sestak.

Former congressional aide sentenced to probation

WASHINGTON — The one-time top aide to former Rep. Curt Weldon has been sentenced to three years probation for not reporting to the House income his wife made for doing work for a nonprofit company tied to Weldon.

The sentence for Russell James Caso Jr., who was chief of staff for the Pennsylvania Republican, includes 170 days of home detention and 100 hours of community service. He pleaded guilty in federal court in December 2007 to a conspiracy charge and agreed to cooperate in an investigation.

Weldon served two decades in Congress before losing his seat in 2006. He hasn't been charged.

In April, a lobbyist was also sentenced to three years probation for destroying evidence about her ties to Weldon.

Good grief, three years later Sklamberg still can't let go:

During the sentencing hearing, the Department of Justice asked the court to reduce Caso's sentence based on his substantial cooperation in the government's continuing investigation.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Howard Sklamberg from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia as well as Trial Attorneys Armando O. Bonilla of the Criminal Division's Public Integrity Section and Gregory C.J. Lisa of the Criminal Division's Organized Crime & Racketeering Section. The case was investigated by the FBI and the Internal Revenue Service.