Slimy Politician Convicted of Spending Public Funds to Bribe a University

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Via the Virginian-Pilot, score one for the good guys:

Former state Del. Phil Hamilton could face as many as 30 years in prison after his conviction today on bribery and extortion charges for parlaying his power as a senior lawmaker into a job at Old Dominion University.

…Hamilton, 59, was convicted of soliciting the ODU job in exchange for securing $500,000 in state funds to launch the center in the 2007 General Assembly. ODU terminated the relationship after it became public knowledge in 2009. Hamilton was defeated for re-election that fall after 21 years in the House of Delegates.

Worst of all, Hamilton’s attorney is blaming the conviction on the fact that all of those stupid voters have suddenly become angry toward politicians:

Hamilton’s attorney, Andrew Sacks, said he will appeal and was shocked by the verdict. He attributed it to the current public mood, which he said is “very distrustful of public officials. I think that spilled over into this case.”

Hamilton is a Republican. Good riddance to bad rubbish.
And shame on Old Dominion University.

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0 responses to “Slimy Politician Convicted of Spending Public Funds to Bribe a University

  1. “stupid voters” huh, yeah we are angry,and you’ve made us that way by betrayal. You can bet your lives we “stupid voters” will be watching you,{like a hawk}

  2. Well duh, Mr. Sacks, I might add that most lawyers fall into that category of being mistrusted by the public.

  3. lowtechgrannie

    Having an (R) after their names doesn’t count for squat! When the Washington State Republican Chairman, Luke Esser (an attorney) got voted out of his cushy job, he signed on as a lobbyist……….. for the SEIU.


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