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A close friend of former U.S. Rep. Curt Weldon pleaded guilty today to destroying records soon after the FBI interviewed her about the congressman. Cecelia M. Grimes, 43, a real estate agent who became a highly paid defense lobbyist, is the second person to plead guilty.
At sentencing before U.S. District Judge Henry Kennedy, she likely faces 10 to 16 months in federal prison. The Weldon investigation is continuing and a prosecutor said today that Grimes is a cooperating witness in the case and suggested that she not be sentenced until “early winter.”
The judge set a date of Jan. 23. Grimes was released today from court without any bail conditions. Grimes had no Washington experience, and worked out of her home in Media. But she was hired as a lobbyist by giant defense contractors, some of whom won deals with Weldon’s help.
More from Ken Silverstein:
Perspective — October 23, 2013, 8:00 am
How pro-oil Louisiana politicians have shaped American environmental policy
Postcard — October 16, 2013, 8:00 am
A trip to one of the properties at issue in Louisiana’s oil-pollution lawsuits
Estimated cost of the environmental damage caused each year by the world’s 3,000 largest companies:
Two thirds of U.S. teenagers experience uncontrollable rage.
Beekeepers began extracting 1 million honeybees living beneath the siding of a house in New York State.
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“Shelby is waiting for something. He himself does not know what it is. When it comes he will either go back into the world from which he came, or sink out of sight in the morass of alcoholism or despair that has engulfed other vagrants.”