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February 8, 2016

Supreme Court Appeal Ends for Lobbyist Kevin Ring’s Gift Giving Conviction


The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to hear an appeal from an Abramoff-scandal lobbyist who had been convicted of providing free meals and event tickets to public officials.

Kevin Ring had appealed to the Supreme Court after his 2011 corruption and honest services fraud conviction. He had been sentenced to 20 months in prison, followed by 30 months of supervised release. He had been a lobbyist at Preston Gates Ellis & Rouvelas Meeds LLP, Greenberg Traurig, and Barnes & Thornburg LLP. Many of his clients were Indian tribes involved with casinos.

He had provided free meals, tickets to sporting events, such as Redksins and Wizards games, and concerts to then Rep. John Doolittle, R-Calif., and his staff, and also to Robert Coughlin, a former Deputy chief of staff in the Criminal Division of the Dept. of Justice. He also provided gifts to Ann Copland, who was on the staff of Sen. Thad Cochran.

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