Tuesday, June 05, 2007

The Other Republican Criminal Sentenced Today

By Cernig

While the whole world, it seems, talks about Scooter Libby - there's another Republican sentencing today which is under the radar yet a whole lot more disgusting.
WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) - The city's former mayor, already serving a 37-year federal prison sentence for having sex with children, pleaded no contest Tuesday to state child-sex charges and was sentenced to 18 years in prison.

Philip Giordano entered pleas to four counts of first-degree sexual assault and four counts of conspiracy to commit sexual assault, charges based on allegations that he paid a crack-addicted prostitute to bring her 8-year-old daughter and 10-year-old niece to him for oral sex.

Giordano, wearing a wrinkled gray suit and black T-shirt, answered ``nolo'' - the Latin legal term for ``no contest'' is ``nolo contendere'' - to each charge at it was read by Judge Joan Alexander in Waterbury Superior Court.

The no contest pleas mean Giordano does not admit guilt, but agrees not to contest the state's prosecution. Under the plea deal, his state prison sentence will run concurrent to his federal sentence.

...Evidence of the sexual abuse surfaced while federal agents were investigating allegations of corruption against Giordano and overheard phone conversations between him and the prostitute.

FBI agents testified that they suspended their corruption probe before it was complete to arrest Giordano and spare the girls from additional assaults.

The prostitute admitted she provided Giordano with the girls and is serving a 10-year federal sentence.
Giordano ran as the Republican candidate against Joe Lieberman in the 2000 senatorial election.

What better place to be, if you've a criminal mind, than where you can make the laws and boss the cops?

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