Monday, August 20, 2007
Felon Nathan Cooper to give Money to Charity
You will recall that Blog CCP reported on State Representative Nathan Cooper pleading guilty to a felony. KC Blue Blog started the beating of the drums to give the ill-gotten proceeds from a shady golf tournament to charity. Congrats, KC Blue Blog - it worked.
It was reported yesterday that Felon Nathan Cooper (R) is going to give the $65,000 in donations he squeezed from folks to charities. Also in the news is that the Missouri Supreme Court - a non-partisan group - went ahead an punched Nathan Cooper's ticket and took his law license. Cooper wanted to hold onto it until he was sentenced.
This is an interesting story because the U.S. Attorney that is handling this case is none other than the former Speaker of the House, Catherine Hanaway (a Republican candidate for the Missouri Attorney General). The time between the plea and the sentencing indicates that Cooper is looking for a deal - which means he needs to roll over on someone. Who will it be? Will Hanaway go light on a felon/lawyer/legislator? Will Hanaway let Cooper rat someone out or use this to score political points (and if so, points for the primary or points for the general)?