Mark Foley Gets Off

September 14, 2007 at 8:58 am 3 comments

Former Republican congressman Mark Foley has gotten off scott free for sending explicit emails and instant messages to teenaged male pages because of Florida’s the statute of limitations. Federal officials initially investigate the case, but found that Foley did not engage in any sexual contact with former pages until they were of legal age. The feds then handed the investigation over to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement who began investigating the charges in November 2006. The instance that had the best chance of building a strong case was around an instant message conversation Foley had in February 2003 with a 17 year old page while Foley was in Florida.

It also did not helped the investigation that the House of Representatives and Foley refused to give the investigators access to the government owned computers that Foley used while in Congress.

The statute of limitations hasn’t been the only hurdle in the Florida investigation. Last month, lawyers for the U.S. House of Representatives denied Florida law enforcement officials access to the former congressman’s computers, as previously reported on the Blotter on ABCNews.com. Investigators believe Foley may have used the machines to send illegal sexually explicit message to former congressional pages.

A Florida Department of Law Enforcement spokeswoman told ABC News at the time that House lawyers denied their request to turn over the computers, citing the Speech or Debate Clause of the Constitution, which protects congressional papers. The House claims Foley’s computers are the equivalent of congressional papers, and that only Foley can waive his congressional privilege and grant access to them.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Double T  |  September 14, 2007 at 10:30 am

    Moral of this Story.
    If you’re going to be a sex perv, get elected to public office first.

    Reply
  • 2. Bloggernista  |  September 14, 2007 at 12:14 pm

    Its disgusting isn’t it? Foley will get off of with no punishment.

    Reply
  • 3. Yet Another Republican Gay Sex Scandal « Bloggernista  |  October 14, 2007 at 8:16 am

    […] Bloggernista The Republican Party seems to be stuck on repeat when it comes to gay sex scandals. Mark Foley, Larry Craig, Bob Allen, Joey DiFatta, Glenn Murphy and now comes the sordid tale of Brown County […]

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