Urbin Report

Sunday, March 26, 2006


Chuckaquiddick update. Democrat dirty tricks operative Lauren B. Weiner, a member of Senator Chuck Schumer's Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, pleaded guilty to identity theft charges.
From a Washington Post article:

An attorney for [Michael S. Steele, Maryland's lieutenant governor and a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate] said the lieutenant governor is considering a civil suit against Weiner...

E. Mark Braden, who attended the hearing in U.S. District Court in Washington, said a "statement of the offense" released yesterday contains several troubling details about the episode, including Weiner's use of a committee credit card to access Steele's report over the Internet.

The discovery process of a civil suit would allow Steele to learn more about what happened, Braden said. "I don't think the story is necessarily over," he said. "This answers some questions but not all questions. We'll have to see where we go from here. . . . This was a carefully calculated plan to steal private information."
According to the prosecutor's statement, which Weiner said was accurate, she used Steele's Social Security number to access his credit report on a Web site designed to let people view their reports.

Weiner pretended that she was Steele, even creating an e-mail address -- gopsteele@yahoo.com -- needed to obtain the report, the statement said. She also agreed to the "terms of service" on the site, which included a warning "not to impersonate another person."

HT to Ms. Malkin