No verdict after first day of deliberations in trial of Abramoff colleague 

I was just told by the U.S. District Court that the jury has gone home for the night without reporting a verdict on the eight criminal charges against former lobbyist Kevin Ring, who worked for Sen. John Ashcroft and Rep. John Doolittle before cashing out to K Street. Ring, only the second person in the Abramoff case not to enter a plea, is charged with wire fraud and consipiracy in relation to his gifts of tickets and meals to Capitol Hill staff and administration officials.

The best accounts of this case are at National Journal's "Under the Influence" blog, and at the Anti-Corruption Republican blog. I wrote about the trial last week.

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