Abramoff leaves prison, heads to halfway house

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Former lobbyist and convicted felon Jack Abramoff is being transported from the Federal Correctional Institution at Cumberland in Maryland, to a halfway house in Baltimore, where he will be held until his release on Dec. 4, according to the Washington Examiner:

A spokesman for the Federal Bureau of Prisons confirms for me that former lobbyist and fundraiser Jack Abramoff, federal prisoner 27593-112, is officially “In Transit.”

Abramoff pleaded guilty to fraud, tax evasion and conspiracy to bribe public officials on Jan. 3, 2006.

The National Journal reports that the Pandora’s box opened by Abramoff’s conviction is still underway:

The Justice investigation, which has been underway for almost six years, is still continuing, albeit at a markedly slower pace than a few years ago.

Kevin Ring, an Abramoff associate and one time chief of staff to former Rep. John Doolittle R-Calif. is scheduled to be retried on July 26 on an eight count indictment including six of honest services fraud. Ring’s first trial held last fall was declared a mistrial by U.S. District Judge Ellen Huvelle after a jury was unable to reach a verdict on any of the counts.