Probation Sentence for Obstruction Charge in Case with Rep. Murtha Connection

The AP reports that a figure in a government contract case has been sentenced today.

U.S. District Judge Lacey Collier sentenced chemical engineer Theodore Sumrall to probation instead of prison after noting his cooperation with federal agents investigating kickbacks taken from federal funds earmarked by Congress for high-tech defense research at the Eglin lab.

The Justice Department investigation focuses on the campaign donations from defense contractors that have fueled the process of congressional earmarks — specific projects that lawmakers direct to particular contractors — for many decades.

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