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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
Acres of hemp grown by “patriotic‚” U.S. farmers in 1942 at the behest of the U.S. government:
A study suggested that the health effects of exposure to nuclear radiation at Chernobyl were no worse than ill health resulting from smoking and normal urban air pollution.
Greenpeace apologized after activists accidentally defaced the site of Peru’s 2,000-year-old Nazca Lines when they unfurled cloth letters reading “time for change” near the ancient sand drawings. “We fully understand,” the group wrote in a statement, “that this looks bad.”
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