US Court: New Trial For Official In Abramoff Scandal

WASHINGTON D.C. (AP) — A federal appeals court has ordered a new trial for a former Bush administration official convicted in the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal.

David Safavian, former chief of staff for the General Services Administration, was convicted of lying to investigators about his relationship with Abramoff. He was sentenced to 18 months in prison but the sentence was put on hold while the appeal played out.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit vacated some of the charges against Safavian on Tuesday, overturned others and called for a new trial.