Friday, June 02, 2006

NOT LOOKING GOOD FOR SAFAVIAN -- It is hard to detect a defense strategy:

It took prosecutors six days to present to a U.S. District Court jury hundreds of e-mails between Abramoff and Safavian, plus the testimony of a convicted partner of the lobbyist, the Senate investigator and several officials from GSA, the property management agency where Safavian was chief of staff when he took the trip to Scotland and London.

But Safavian's lawyer, Barbara Van Gelder, hoped to conclude her case Friday with testimony from one or two close friends of her client.

The testimony Friday of her first witness, federal contracting expert Anthony Anikeef, was truncated when U.S. District Judge Paul Friedman restricted his testimony after government objections.