A Rabbi, a Military Officer, and a NHL Referee Go Into a Courtroom....

Jack Abramoff will be sentenced today in Miami, Florida as a result of his guilty plea to conspiracy and wire fraud charges stemming from his attempted purchase of a fleet of gambling boats.  According to the Houston Chronicle, in an attempt for leniency, Abramoff had some 260 people write letters on his behalf including rabbis, military officers, and a professional hockey referee.

From the letter of NHL referee Dave Jackson:

"Jack is a good person, who in his quest to be successful, lost sight of the rules."

That’s one way of putting it. Another is saying that he flagrantly broke the law, defrauded millions of dollars from clients, and created fake documents to secure a loan.