Michael Scanlon, Abramoff business partner, sentenced to 20 months in prison

By Jigsaw / February 11, 2011 / 0 comments

Justice continues to be served in the Jack Abramoff lobbying case. Last year, our film Casino Jack and the United States of Money detailed the way that Abramoff and friends ripped off clients, broke the law, and interfered with democracy in their reckless pursuit of personal and political gain—an exposé that the Huffington Post said, “staggers the imagination.”

Now Politico reports that another Abramoff business partner, Michael Scanlon, has been sentenced to 20 months in a federal penitentiary for his role in the crime. He’s also liable for part of $20 million of restitution, and he may have to further defend himself in a civil suit brought by Abramoff’s ex-employer, Greenberg Traurig.

To his credit, Scanlon seems contrite about his role in the crime and has extensively assisted in the prosecution of others, but it should say something about the magnitude of his actions that our law is charging a higher price than that.