Former aide to U.S. Rep. Don Young (R.-Alaska) Mark Zachares was sentenced to 12 weekends in prison for giving tips and potential lobbying clients to disgraced uber-lobbyist Jack Abramoff's operation while receiving cash, gifts, and the promise of a job.
Zachares got this sentence today after providing "substantial" and "complete" assistance to federal investigators probing two Members of the Congress the government did not name. The Washington Post reported that those two Members of Congress are "believed to be Young and then-Rep. Tom Feeney (R.-Fla.)." The prosecution told the court that Zachares was not to blame for the government's failure to charge either Member of Congress, as legal and other evidentiary issues allowed both of those lawmakers to get off the hook.
As the Anchorage Daily News pointed out, the sentence also requires Zachares to perform 200 hours of community service, pay a $4,000 fine, and serve four years on probation.
Clarification: When the title of my last post spoke of "the big screen," I didn't mean that I appeared in a movie shown in a theatre. It's just that TVs have gotten so large now that they dwarf my little computer....