Former OSC head Bloch could avoid prison time

By Jolie Lee
Federal News Radio

Scott Bloch, the former head of the Office of Special Counsel in the Bush administration, may get a chance to avoid going to prison.

Federal prosecutors on Tuesday ordered a last-minute delay in Scott Bloch’s sentencing, scheduled Monday, to try to save a plea deal that would allow Bloch to go on probation instead of serving hard time, TPM reports.

The sentencing is rescheduled for March 10.

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Bloch pleaded to a misdemeanor charge of criminal contempt of Congress in April 2010, admitting to withholding information from House investigators that he had hired technicians to “scrub” computer files used by political appointees.

A ruling this month by a federal judge had said that Bloch must spend at least a month in jail for the offense.