Former State Senator Facing Prison Time Graciously Offers to Not Go to Prison

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Vincent Leibell, a former state senator who pleaded guilty last year to charges of obstruction of justice and tax evasion, and is facing 18 to 24 months in prison at his sentencing in a couple of weeks, has suggested that instead of going to prison, he can "serve on one of our civilian nation-building teams" in the Middle East. How about a compromise: Iraqi prison. [City Room/NYT]