Friday, March 17, 2017

Lock-up, Stockman, And Barrel

Long-time ZVTS readers (all three of you) will recognize the name Steve Stockman.  I've covered his rise in Texas Republican politics for a while now as a "Tea Party before there was a Tea Party" House Republican.  He loves his guns and he hates Obama, so much so that he threatened to shut down the government and even impeach the President if Democrats tried passing any gun safety legislation after Sandy Hook.

Last we had checked on him in June 2014, he had lost his Senate primary challenge to John Cornyn, was retiring from the House, and was facing possible campaign finance violations for accepting donations from staffers.

Well, it turns out that campaign finance case was a lot more serious than anyone thought at the time, and Stockman is now facing felony conspiracy charges.

Steve Stockman, who served two stints in the U.S. House of Representatives, spent part of Friday in federal court. 
Stockman, a Tea Party favorite who courted controversy thorough two congressional terms, was brought into court Thursday shackled and handcuffed. 
He is accused of conspiring to violate federal election laws during his last term in office. It's a felony that could send him to federal prison if he's convicted
As Stockman stood before the judge Thursday afternoon, prosecutors alleged that the former Congressman had conspired with two former employees to funnel hundreds of thousands of dollars to his personal use. 
According to the complaint, in 2011 Stockman set up a non-profit called Life Without Limits in Las Vegas. A single contributor donated $350,000 to the charity, which Stockman then allegedly funneled back to himself through donations made by his employees. 
Stockman said he understood the charge. Judge Stephen Smith set bail at $25,000.

How far this will go I have no idea, but it would be rather rich for the guy who wanted to jail Obama to end up in decidedly substandard federal housing for a while...and lose his right to vote as a convicted felon in Texas.

Lady Justice may be blind, but she has an awfully good sense of smell to know when someone stinks.

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