(L-R) John Doolittle, Kerrie Ring, Kevin Ring, Julie Doolittle
The first item we'd like to point out relates to Julie Doolittle, wife of former Rep. John Doolittle (R-Calif.). Mrs. Doolittle held several jobs that required little or no work. One of her "employers" was Greenberg Traurig, the law firm where Kevin Ring and Jack Abramoff worked.
The government wants to introduce a letter from Mrs. Doolittle to Mr. Abramoff (Exhibit 383) into evidence. Mr. Ring and his lawyers are objects to the letter claiming that it isn't relevant. Here is how the government describes its basis for admission:
Though Ring is not on every exhibit regarding the job for Julia Doolittle, he is on several. Those he is not on, such as this exhibit in which Julia Doolittle wrote that she looked forward to working with Abramoff, place Ring's involvement in procuring the job in context and show the end result, that Abramoff in fact hired Julia Doolittle. Moreover, Ring is responsible for acts of his coconspirators taken in furtherance of the conspiracy. His coconspirators include Abramoff and Julia Doolittle.
The fact that Mrs. Doolittle has been named a co-conspirator is significant. The government basically accused Mrs. Doolittle of a crime. Of course that doesn't necessarily mean that Mrs. Doolittle will be indicted. After all, there is such a thing as an unindicted co-conspirator.
While we're on the topic of Mrs. Doolittle, we'd like to draw your attention to the government's discussion of Exhibit 328:
Moreover, the email chain begins with Ring writing to Abramoff, "[Doolittle Chief of Staff] David Lopez asked me if we had come up with anything regarding [Julia Doolittle] and employment. Ugh. Any ideas?" Abramoff replied, "Yes. Confirm with him that she only needs $2k/month and I'll set it up." The job for Julia Doolittle is central to the indictment.
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Mrs. Doolittle's job "is central to the indictment". This echoes a statement that the DoJ made back in a February court document when the government said the payments to Mrs. Doolittle were "at the heart of the fraud".
These revelations don't bode well for Mr. and Mrs. Doolittle. Recall that the Justice Department recommended that Mr. and Mrs. Doolittle hire separate legal counsel. The ACR Blog doesn't know if the Doolittles have followed the DoJ's advice. Better late than never, we suppose.