Anchorage, Alaska - (AssoCIAted Mess): Snitching up accomplices in an FBI public orifice corruption sting hasn't been enough to let former Alaska lawmaker and Corrupt Bastards Club grandee Rep Tom Anderson off the hook for seven federal counts of conspiracy and bribery.
The 40 year old politician looked shell-shocked as US District Court Judge John Sedwick handed down a five year jail term and told a packed Anchorage courtroom: "You Corrupt Bastards Club assholes stink.
"And in sentencing you I'm taking into account your long record of community and legislative service graft as well as eagerness to help yourself to whacking great big backhanders".
"Why you weren't smart enough to figure it was all an FBI sting is baffling," Sedwick added, referring to the $24,000 that Anderson thought he was getting from Houston-based corporation, Cornell Industries Inc, which was hoping to build a private prison in Alaska.
The money was part of an FBI lure to weed out bent public officials in Alaska.
It had been supplied by the Feds via an informant under contract to Cornell who secretly recorded his conversations with Anderson in 2004 and 2005.
After the sentence announcement Anderson said he reckons he can stay out of jail for a time by playing the appeal card while accomplices ex-Rep Vic Kohring and ex-State Rep Bruce Weyhrauch await their own due process.
But much also depends on what happens to the Corrupt Bastards' paterfamilias Senator Ted Stevens who was raided himself by the FBI as part of the huge purge on big oil graft, mainly in the GOP.
"Don't hold your breath on that old warhorse," an Anchorage source advised today.
"The only thing that could save Sen Stevens is a cardiac arrest."