Statute Up In IM Scandal

Mark Foley Gets Off

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Looks like Mark Foley’s a free man. The statutes of limitations has expired on the investigation into his “overly friendly” IMs with Congressional pages. ABC’s on the case:

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement did not start a criminal investigation of Foley until November 2006, making it nearly impossible to prosecute what some officials regarded as the best case, an explicit instant message sent by Foley to a 17-year-old high school student in February 2003, when Foley was in Pensacola, Fla.

“Barring any extraordinary circumstances, it is very unlikely for charges to be filed in a case once the statute of limitations has run its course,” said Aya Gruber, a former federal public defender and professor of law at Florida International University.

Foley’s one lucky fuck.