Congressional Bribes = No Big Fat Pension, Cocaine = Never Vote Again

So the United States Senate, shamed by the Duke Cunningham case, voted to deny pensions for former congressman and senators convicted of:

- Bribery of public officials and witnesses (Section 201 of Title 18);
- Conspiracy to commit offense or to defraud the United States (Section 371 of Title 18);
- Perjury committed under the statues of the United States or the District of Columbia in falsely denying the commission of bribery or conspiracy; and
- Subordination of perjury committed in connection with the false denial or false testimony of another individual.

Of course, if a senator is convicted of cocaine possession, he still gets his retirement.

How does that comport with our felon disenfranchisement laws? (See Spencer Overton or Renee Crawford for more on that subject.)

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Josh S - January 19, 2007 6:56 PM

I don't know if you've thought of this much, but what about the extreme penalties for tax evasion? Usually, no one gets the maximum penalty, but the idea that a maximum penalty can go into the hundreds of years for not paying your back taxes is ridiculous.

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