A former Michigan congressman accused of accepting stolen funds to lobby on behalf of an Islamic charity alleged to have funded terrorist groups pleaded guilty Wednesday to two charges, including obstruction of justice, but prosecutors said other serious charges were likely to be dropped.
Former Republican Rep. Mark Deli Siljander, who served in Congress from 1981 until 1987 and who served a yearlong term as a United Nations delegate, pleaded guilty in federal court in Kansas City, Mo., to obstruction and acting as an unregistered foreign agent.
Money laundering and conspiracy charges would likely be dismissed under the terms of Siljander's plea deal, said Don Ledford, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office of the Western District of Missouri.
I hadn't heard this.
IMO, if they have the goods on him I don't understand why they are offering a plea. Unless of course he has some information they might find helpful? IDK, but it really sort of bothers me that they aren't throwing the book at him for the crimes they have evidence that he committed. I guess it could be a case of having bigger fish to fry? Guess we will see going forth.
Answer by QuinnMae at 4:07 PM on Jul. 7, 2010
Answer by 29again at 4:48 PM on Jul. 7, 2010
Yes I had heard something, but I didn't know the details, I live in Michigan and this hasn't been in the papers. However we have so many political scandals going on right now in my state they probably just didn't have room to report one more. It's really sad. Thanks for posting the article, I'm going to read it.
Answer by RyansMom001 at 3:59 PM on Jul. 7, 2010
Answer by itsmesteph11 at 5:51 PM on Jul. 7, 2010
Answer by Iamgr8teful at 9:17 PM on Jul. 7, 2010