Disgraced Republican Congressman Bob Ney has been found guilty in his bribery and corruption antics with fellow sleazeball Jack Abramoff. And – just his luck! – his case went before a judge who was gleefully “activist” when it came to his sentencing:

U.S. District Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle said that Ney would serve his time at a federal prison in Morgantown, West Virginia.

When he is released, the judge said, Ney will serve another two years on probation and pay a $6,000 fine. She also ordered him into a prison alcohol rehabilitation program for treatment of a drinking problem he has acknowledged in recent months.

The sentence was harsher than recommended by prosecutors or Ney’s lawyers, Huvelle said, because Ney had violated the trust place on him as a public official. “Both your constituents and the public trusted you to represent them honestly,” she said.

Here’s hoping this is the first of many, many future Bush-era Republicans to be bent over the wheel of justice.

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