Monday, July 17, 2006

Prisoner Dilemma Produces Wise Decision

Roll Call reports that House leaders cannot agree on whether to appeal Judge Hogan's ruling regarding the search of Bill Jefferson's office. And without such an agreement, Republicans and Democrats fear that the other side will use it as a political issue:

House Unlikely to Join Jefferson in Appeal of Ruling
July 17, 2006
By John Bresnahan,
Roll Call Staff

House leaders appear unlikely to intervene in the appeal by Rep. William Jefferson (D-La.) of a federal judge’s ruling that upheld the May 20 FBI raid on his Congressional office — a dramatic departure from the chamber’s earlier stance in the case.
Leadership sources caution that no final decision has been made on the issue yet. But high-level discussions during the past week between Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) have failed to yield an agreement on whether to file a motion supporting Jefferson’s appeal.

Neither side is prepared to weigh in on the Jefferson appeal without support from the other, fearing political attacks accusing them of being soft on corruption. Jefferson is at the center of a federal bribery and corruption probe.

Well, thank heaven for small favors.

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