The saga that is the criminal prosecution of former Bush administration whistleblower attorney Scott Bloch is inching toward a final resolution.
Bloch pleaded guilty in Washington's federal trial court on February 12 to the misdemeanor charge of destruction of government property. U.S. District Judge Robert Wilkins set sentencing for May 13. The charge carries a maximum punishment of up to a year in jail. There is no mandatory-minimum term.
Bloch, the former head of the Office of Special Counsel, faces a guideline sentence of probation to six months behind bars. That was the same guideline he faced in an earlier case — until a judge determined that the charge, contempt of Congress, carried a one-month mandatory minimum sentence. Bloch was charged in the earlier prosecution in 2010.