January 17, 2012

Former Ensign aide edges closer to trial

The wheels of justice aren't exactly speedy:

A trial for Doug Hampton, the ex-chief of staff and former friend of former Sen. John Ensign, won’t happen until the fall at earliest, after lawyers for the prosecution and defense agreed on a pre-trial schedule today that will stretch over eight months. ...

Hampton is charged in D.C. Federal District Court with violating the year-long lobbying ban that applies to former congressional aides, for taking help from Ensign to secure lobbying contracts before he left his job in the senator's office — an exit prompted by Ensign's affair with his wife.