Parole Hearing Officier Recommends Sending Hansen Back To Prison
WASHINGTON (AP) _ A U.S. Parole Commission hearing examiner recommended Wednesday that former Rep. George Hansen be sent back to prison until at least Nov. 5, Hansen’s attorney said.
″The hearing examiner recommended parole revocation, which was no surprise to us, but he also recommended that Mr. Hansen forfeit all of his free time since Jan. 7,″ said attorney Frank Campbell after the parole hearing.
After serving six months of a five to 15-month sentence for breaking federal ethics laws, Hansen was released on parole from Petersburg Federal Penitentiary Dec. 19. He was ordered to file monthly financial reports and stay in Virginia. A report was due Jan. 7, but it did not comply with the rules, Campbell said.
Federal marshals arrested Hansen in Omaha, Neb. as he was flying home from a speaking engagement. Hansen said his arrest was illegal because the marshals had no court order at the time.
Since his incarceration in the Alexandria City Jail, the former congressman has waged a hunger strike to protest the way he was treated by federal marshals at the time of his arrest.
The six-foot-six, 260 pound Hansen has lost 28 pounds, but appears to be in good health, said Campbell.
Hansen, 56, will be kept in the Alexandria jail until a decision by the U.S. Parole Commission which could take as long as three weeks, said Justice Department spokesman Tom Stewart.
The process calls for the hearing examiner to take his recommendation to the regional parole commissioner, Daniel Lopez, who will make a decision on whether parole should be revoked. His decision will be circulated among the other commissioners on the nine-member board until three of them concur, said Stewart.
As recommended by the examiner, Hansen’s full prison term would end Dec. 26, but with good behavior he could be out by Nov. 5, said Hansen’s attorney. Campbell pointed out the examiner’s recommendation could be changed by the parole commissioners.
″We dispute both the revocation decision and the forfeiture of the free time as credit toward his sentence,″ said Campbell. ″We think they are living for their own rules and lost sight of the overall purpose of the parole commission, which is to rehabilitate and return people to the society.″
Witnesses for Hansen at Wednesday’s hearing included his wife Connie, and Anne Burford, former Environmental Protection Agency administrator, who Campbell said was advising Hansen while he was out on parole.
Burford resigned from the EPA in March 1983 amid six congressional investigations, sparked by her refusal to give documents to Congress.
Hansen served seven terms in the House of Representatives before becoming the first congressman jailed for breaking financial disclosure laws.
A conservative Republican, Hansen has been on the lecture circuit speaking against Internal Revenue Service policies and the U.S. prison system since he was released.
He was convicted by a federal court jury in 1984 on charges of falsifying financial disclosure statements to Congress. After the failure of his legal bid to remain free, Hansen surrendered in June 1986 at the federal prison facility in Petersburg.