Politics & Government

Ex-California Rep. Doolittle, wife named in corruption case

Federal prosecutors named former Rep. John Doolittle as an unindicted co-conspirator in a corruption case against one of Doolittle's former aides.

In documents filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., last week, the government also alleged Doolittle's wife, Julia, and nine other people were co-conspirators of Kevin A. Ring.

Neither Doolittle, who last year did not seek a 10th term representing the sprawling 4th Congressional District, nor his wife has been charged with a crime. They could not be reached for comment Monday.

Ring, whose trial began Sept. 11, is charged with 10 counts, including bribery and conspiracy to commit fraud, in connection with his work as a lobbyist for the firm of Jack Abramoff.

Once one of Washington's leading influence peddlers, Abramoff is serving a prison sentence after pleading guilty to corruption charges in 2006.

A former legislative director to Doolittle, Ring was indicted last September for allegedly supplying congressional and executive branch officials with gifts and questionable jobs in return for favorable treatment to clients of Abramoff's firm.

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