Corrupt Environmental Deregulator sentenced to prison
Until February of 2005, J. Steven Griles was the Deputy Secretary of the Interior, continuing a long association with Secretary Gale Norton which goes back to their service to Secretary James Watt during the Reagan administration. Although this is Griles' first prison term, he has long skirted the edge of legality as both patron and client of energy and mining corporations. Griles was convicted back in March of "obstructing a congressional investigation" for his misleading testimony about the donations that Jack Abramoff made to Griles' girlfriend, Italia Federici, intending to influence Department of the Interior rulings. The 10 month prison sentence handed down yesterday by U.S. District Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle was doubled from a five month plea agreement because Griles continued to attempt to deflect blame for his criminal actions.