At his bench in the federal courthouse, U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett read a long list of Maryland politicians convicted of corruption: Dale Anderson. Tommy Bromwell. Jack Johnson. The litany went on.
Now the judge had another name to add. On Tuesday, Bennett ordered former Maryland Sen. Nathaniel T. Oaks to serve 3½ years in federal prison after pleading guilty to corruption charges. Oaks must pay a $30,000 fine, and his prison sentence will be followed by three years of supervised release, the judge said.
“We’ve had many cases in this state with respect to bribes and kickbacks of public officials, and I’m afraid we may have more,” Bennett lamented.