WASHINGTON (AP) - A person familiar with the case says an
ex-aide to former Republican Sen. John Ensign is expected to plead
guilty Thursday to a misdemeanor violation of lobbying law.
Doug Hampton left his job as Ensign's administrative assistant
four years ago after discovering Ensign had an affair with his
wife. Federal prosecutors alleged Hampton then began lobbying the
senator's office on behalf of Nevada-based clients in violation of
the yearlong ban on former employees lobbying the Senate.
The person close to the case said sentencing guidelines call for
up to six months of jail time and could include probation. The
source spoke on condition of anonymity because the plea agreement
has not yet been approved by the court.
The plea agreement will be presented Thursday in U.S. District