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Former lawmaker Robin Williams loses federal court appeal

Ex-lawmaker Williams was convicted of fraud

Friday, Feb. 1, 2013 2:35 PM
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ATLANTA — Former Georgia Rep. Robin Williams lost the appeal of his federal fraud conviction Thursday when a federal appeals court in Atlanta issued its denial.

The Augusta Republican was convicted in 2005 and sentenced to a 10-year term along with Augusta pharmacist Duncan Fordham of a scheme to bilk East Central Georgia Community Mental Health Center with a contract obtained by bribing its director, according to court documents.

Williams and Fordham based their appeals on a Supreme Court decision in the case of former Enron Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Skilling. Like Skilling, Williams and Fordham were formally charged with violating a law that included the theft of “honest services.” Skilling successfully argued that the honest-services-fraud law was unconstitutionally too vague.

Williams and Fordham, however, did not convince the Court of Appeals that they should benefit from the same reasoning as Skilling because the three-judge appeals panel concluded the jury convicted the pair for bribery, which was clearly illegal.

Judge Beverly Martin, writing for the appeals court, says Williams and Fordham complained about mentions of honest services but did not prove the jury was prejudiced.

“The Skilling decision did nothing to remove bribery as a method for committing honest-services fraud,” she wrote. “The sporadic references to ‘honest services’ and the single jury instruction on the now invalid theory of honest services are not sufficient to show that Mr. Fordham and Mr. Williams were prejudiced in light of the evidence of their participation in an actual bribery scheme.”

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itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 02/01/13 - 04:03 pm
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I hope he and Charles Walker

I hope he and Charles Walker serve their full term for their thievery. I know I speak for many when I say we are way past tired of greasy politicians lining their pockets through their influence.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 02/01/13 - 04:32 pm
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Two More Years To Go

He might not believe it now, but he will feel better knowing he served his full term and did not get off on a technicality.

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rmwhitley 02/01/13 - 05:26 pm
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I can't believe

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one of the Majority of corrupt politicians or former corrupt politicians has been denied access to commit fraud or bilk the public again, for the time being.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 02/01/13 - 05:28 pm
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Two years and he will be back in business.

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A new reborn public servant politician. Rehabilitated. Reinvigorated. Rejuvenated. Austin will be happy (-:

Riverman1
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Riverman1 02/01/13 - 06:11 pm
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Know Robin Well?

LL said, "He might not believe it now, but he will feel better knowing he served his full term and did not get off on a technicality."

Heh, heh, heh. I guess you didn't know Robin.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 02/01/13 - 07:28 pm
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Good one, RM

:-)

Yeah, I didn't know him, but I know his type. Let us remember that he has been in federal prison for seven or eight years. Surely he has been rehabilitated by now, with all that time to think about it. His prison buddy Charles Walker is, I'm sure, leading the prison band and also preaching to the choir.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 02/01/13 - 09:23 pm
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Someone needs to write a book

Someone needs to write a book about Williams. A high school dropout from Harlem, working as a mall security guard, who became a power in local and state politics. Then he totally controls the people at the mental health center in a way that's hard to believe as he pocketed millions. He used to dress so well, Armani suits, silk handkerchief in his pocket and driving a top of the line Mercedes. He was/is something.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 02/02/13 - 12:18 pm
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Others

This is from the Chronicle about the others involved in the crimes with Williams.

"Brockman died of cancer before his six-year prison sentence began. M. Chad Long, 40, a lobbyist and grandson of state political heavyweight former House Speaker Tom Murphy, was released from federal custody in January 2008. Former Atlanta Braves pitcher and state lobbyist Rick L. Camp, 59, was released in March of 2008. And Augusta pharmacist Duncan Fordham, 57, was released in February 2009."

Darby
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Darby 02/02/13 - 05:09 pm
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"Someone needs to write a book about Williams"

Maybe you knew a different Robin Williams, perhaps the one from Hollywood. For a while I was close to Robin and even considered him a real friend until he went over to the dark side.

If those were Armani suits he was wearing, then his tailor should have gone to jail with him. Often loose fitting and sometimes tight in the wrong places. He looked at times like an underpaid goodfella.

As to his car, I never once saw him drive a Mercedes. I'm not saying he never drove one just that I never saw it happen. I did ride once in the back seat of a Mercedes with Robin and Paul Coverdell who was running to replace Wyche Fowler in the Senate at the time. That was long before Robin's fall from grace.

Robin started off his political career as pretty much a straight arrow, but like a lot of politicians, just couldn't resist all that low hanging fruit under his nose. Too bad too, because he had the talent and networking skills to have been a real force for good.

Darby
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Darby 02/02/13 - 05:21 pm
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Is it true that Linda Schrenko....

... is doing light housekeeping, and cooking and cleaning for Robin and Charles Walker while in prison?

OK, a little misogynistic and a bad joke but I couldn't resist giving our liberal, progressive friends something to attack a conservative on. Something they wouldn't have to make up out of thin air the way they normally do.

Anyway, Linda was at least as dirty as Walker and Williams. She deserves a hit or two for what she did to Georgia's kids.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 02/02/13 - 05:33 pm
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The thing about Schrenko is

The thing about Schrenko is she will come out of prison with lots of money. She will get a huge retirement from the state because her top years were so high.

Darby, I didn't pay attention to how his clothes fit, but I do recall his fancy suits and car. Oh, he also said one car burned up and collected insurance if you recall. I also remember his place at the beach where all the Hooters girls stayed and the legislators visited.

Darby
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Darby 02/02/13 - 06:08 pm
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"Darby, I didn't pay attention to how his clothes fit, but

I do recall his fancy suits and car. Oh, he also said one car burned up and collected insurance if you recall. I also remember his place at the beach where all the Hooters girls stayed and the legislators visited."

Riverman1, please don't even try to put me into the position of trying to defend Robin. I'm never going to even go near that idea. But in the interest of accuracy......

Robin and his Dad, were accused of burning that car before he was elected. The GBI investigated and found no proof and no cause to take further action. (I read the report.) Knowing what I know now, I can accept that they might very well have done it for the insurance money.

As for the thing at the beach, it wasn't Robin's place, it belonged to a lobbyist and Robin was dumb enough to go there. Then he was smart enough to see what was going on and immediately called his wife Deanna to join him there before the shindig ended. In doing so, he provided himself with a moderate degree of political cover.

Like I said, I'm not gonna defend him. He got exactly what he deserved. Just don't want to perpetuate any unrelated inaccuracies.

Darby
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Darby 02/02/13 - 06:13 pm
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I hadn't followed the pension thing with Schrenko....

I guess that I thought it was akin to the military, where if she had been given a dishonorable discharge, she would have forfeited all pay and allowances.

She should not get a nickel from the state of Georgia. Something is really wrong with a system that would pay you to steal from children.

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SemperParatus 02/02/13 - 07:03 pm
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News to me...

...that Robin Williams is a high school drop out! That blows my mind!

Riverman1
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Riverman1 02/02/13 - 07:59 pm
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Darby, you apparently do know

Darby, you apparently do know Williams' history better than I do. About his wife, that's the first wife he married while in the Air Force, right? Interesting couple. When he ran for mayor he made it a point to emphasize her. Something sticks in my mind about him paying the rent at a Hilton Head condo for a woman. Does that ring a bell? I'm not trying to slam him unnecessarily. I'm just curious. He is a character who has done his time (almost). I fully expect we will hear big things from him after he gets out. He's too talented to remain down. Hopefully, jail calmed down the bad tendencies.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 02/02/13 - 08:57 pm
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Darby, you should read

Darby, you should read Sylvia's column that just came up. :)

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oldredneckman96 02/02/13 - 08:58 pm
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Political crooks

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This country needs a law to strip anyone convicted of a feloney of all federal or state benifiets and pensions. Of course so many sill in office are looking at doing time that will never happen.

SemperParatus
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SemperParatus 02/02/13 - 09:10 pm
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Hmmm...

In reading the comments above, someone mentioned that Williams is a high school drop out but then another states he served in the Air Force. You can't have it both ways! Our military requires a high school diploma or GED.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 02/02/13 - 10:26 pm
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Oh, he got his GED.

Oh, he got his GED. He's probably so smart he had one of the highest scores ever on the test. I wouldn't be surprised if he didn't convince some people he had a PhD.

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