Although I said yesterday that former super-lobbyist and convicted felon Jack Abramoff is in federal prison, it is more accurate to say that he is in federal custody. He was released from prison to a halfway house in Maryland in June, and while living at the halfway house he has reportedly been working to promote a kosher pizzeria in Baltimore. Abramoff is set to be released from the halfway house next month.
In other transition news, for the next few days I will be in Valdez and Ellamar, a remote community on the eastern side of Prince William Sound. Questions to ponder while I'm gone include:
1. Given their setbacks with judicial rulings and with witnesses, will the feds really go ahead with the scheduled trial of former State Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch (R.-Juneau) next year?
2. When will the court-appointed special counsel who has been conducting a criminal investigation of some of the prosecutors involved in the federal probe into Alaska public corruption issue the report detailing the findings of that investigation?
3. What announcement--if any--will the Department of Justice make about the end of that federal probe into Alaska public corruption?
Standard disclosure: I have known Bruce Weyhrauch since we both worked as staff for the Alaska Legislature in the early 1980s. We socialized a number of times when I lived in Juneau in the 1980s and early 1990s, but he has never discussed this case with me.