WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal appeals court has upheld the conviction of a former lobbyist convicted of bribing public officials in the Jack Abramoff scandal. The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia refused Friday to overturn Kevin Ring's conviction. Ring was sentenced to 20 months in prison for giving meals and event tickets to public officials with intent to corrupt them.
Ring was the only lobbyist defendant in the scandal to go to trial rather than reach an agreement with the government to plead guilty and cooperate. All the other lobbyists and most of the public officials charged cooperated and received plea deals. Superlobbyist Abramoff was sentenced to four years. The judges said Ring's arguments in his appeal were "weighty" but they "ultimately affirm Ring's conviction."