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Talking Points Memo: Abramoff Pal Kevin Ring Facing Third Trial In Lobbying Scandal


March 23, 2011- Kevin Ring, a former junior associate at convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff's firm, is facing a third trial as a result of the influence-peddling scandal making him the most prosecuted figure in the high-profile corruption probe, the Associated Press reports.

The first go around resulted in a mistrial. At Ring's second trial, in November, the jury acquitted Ring on three of the charges against him, but convicted him on the remaining five.

Now the AP reports that the Justice Department is pressing forward in trying Ring yet again on two additional charges: that he obstructed justice by lying to a lawyer hired by his lobbying firm to investigate the scandal and who later turned evidence over to the FBI.

The judge in the case issued a ruling on Tuesday setting the trial date for May 24, but the AP reports she is planning to issue the verdict without a jury and plans to sentence Ring on any counts for which he stands convicted.

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