Love, American Style
Now finally, thanks to l'Affaire Abramoff (what a tangled web that is), Griles has been convicted on charges of obstructing justice, after he repeatedly lied to investigators about his romantic relationship with Italia Federici, one of Abramoff's closest associates. Unfortunately, as part of a plea agreement, Griles will get off easy -- a 10-month sentence, half of which will be served in "home confinement." Griles shares that home with his new girlfriend, one Sue Ellen Wooldridge, who earlier in the year resigned her position at the Justice Department. As the AP's John Heilprin reports,
Wooldridge, as the nation's environmental prosecutor, bought a $980,000 vacation home last year with Griles and Donald R. Duncan, the top Washington lobbyist for ConocoPhillips. Nine months later, she signed an agreement giving the company more time to clean up air pollution at some of its refineries.