Lesil McGuire made "veiled threats" against witness: FBI
FBI nor Justice Department will comment whether Senator McGuire is still in legal jeopardy
By Dennis Zaki - November 27, 2007 - In a surprising twist to the "Corrupt Bastard Club" corruption trials, federal prosecutor Joe Bottini said that Alaska Republican Senator Lesil McGuire threatened the wife of a government witness.
"It was, I believe, a veiled threat to Mr. Bobrick and Mr. Bobrick's wife concerning her ability to practice medicine in this state after she graduated from medical school." Federal prosecutor Joe Bottini told U.S. District Judge John Sedwick during the sentencing of government witness Bill Bobrick.
McGuire is the wife of convicted lawmaker Tom Anderson who last month received a five year sentence for corruption, bribery, and extortion.
In January of 2007, Lesil McGuire called both Bobrick and his wife, Jessica Bury, who was in medical school in Minnesota, Bobrick's attorney Douglas Pope said in court. McGuire claimed that she was hearing Bury might have a hard time being licensed to practice medicine in Alaska if her husband testified against McGuire's husband.
"Bobrick understood the call to be a threat that if he testified favorably for the government, Lesil McGuire would take steps to see that Jessica did not obtain her medical license," Pope told Judge Sedwick
A brief filed by Bobrick's attorney Pope says:
Bobrick understood the call to be a threat that, if he testified favorably for the government, Lesil McGuire would take steps to see that Jessica could not obtain her medical license.
Prosecutor Bottini said that after McGuire was confronted about the threatening calls, McGuire stopped calling the Bobricks.
The FBI nor Justice Department would comment whether Senator McGuire is still in legal jeopardy.
Federal witness tampering carries a ten year sentence.
McGuire ignored AlaskaReport.com's repeated attempts for comment.
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