Ex-Senate aide

February 25, 2011

A longtime former aide to Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) was sentenced Wednesday to 75 days in a halfway house and 75 days of home detention for trading legislative favors for more than $25,000 in tickets and gifts from the firm of convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

Ann Copland pleaded guilty in March 2009 to one count of conspiracy to commit honest services fraud before U.S. District Judge Richard W. Roberts of the District, acknowledging that she sought to abuse the public trust by manipulating spending legislation for Abramoff and his clients from 2002 to 2004.

Copland worked for 29 years for Cochran, now the senior Republican on the Senate Appropriations Committee.

hsus@washpost.com

Spencer S. Hsu is an investigative reporter, two-time Pulitzer finalist and national Emmy award nominee.
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