Wednesday, June 27, 2007

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.

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At 12:20 PM , Blogger Shinade said...

Well I can at least still vent here...10 mos. in a luxury Federal prison. where we know he will get the very best possible due to his connections. What a joke.....these men will pay someday though for what they have done to our country and our environment. There is still another authority to answer too....much higher than any on this earth. ~Jackie

At 12:27 PM , Blogger HollyGL said...

He's kind of creepy looking. His mouth is smiling, but his eyes are not. I tend to notice that kind of thing...

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At 12:34 PM , Blogger Don Thieme said...

Sinead: I can only applaud the judge for this. It is a very stiff sentence for a relatively minor federal conviction. I think justice will be served if this ruins his career as a civil servant. He has already done a great deal of damage, though, as you correctly note. I hope that he does receive some "ultimate" judgment.

Holly Go Lightly: I suspect that Mr. Griles' appearance had a great deal to do with his sentencing by the judge, although she does also specifically reference his statements to the court.


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