Convicted Republicans Plead for Mandatory Minimums Changes

Ring says courts need more leeway in sentencing. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A ex-colleague of Jack Abramoff shared an anecdote from his stint in prison with a room full of conservatives on Thursday. After the one-time Hill climber explained to a fellow inmate that a dog was going to get neutered, the inmate asked the longtime Republican aide, “How long does it take for them to grow back?”

Kevin Ring, the lobbyist who was sentenced in 2011 to 20 months in federal prison...

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