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At 2:26 PM -0500 2/4/04, jcowan@reutershealth.com wrote:
>Why, is that your estimate of implementation cost plus 10%?  If so, it's
>serious overcharging.

It's an Agnew reference, for all us nattering nabobs. I had to Google 
it to get the joke. From 

When it became apparent that Agnew was getting off with little or no 
punishment, law students at George Washington University used a class 
project to bring suit against the former Governor. Law School 
Professor John Banzoff allows his students to pick their projects and 
they initially sought the help of Agnew's successor in Maryland, 
Governor Marvin Mandel. Mandel, however, was not receptive and soon 
found himself in prison serving a three-year sentence for mail fraud 
and racketeering. The charges stemmed from a scheme where he received 
$300,000 as a quid pro quo  to influence race track legislation.

The students, who were collectively known as Banzoff's Bandits, soon 
discovered a precedent under old English law that allowed an 
individual to bring suit when the government refuses to. It was the 
break they needed. They found four residents of the state of Maryland 
willing to put their names on the case and sought to have Agnew repay 
the state $268,482 - the amount he was known to have taken in bribes.

Somewhat surprisingly, the students won and after two appeals by 
Agnew, he finally resigned himself to the matter and a check for 
$268,482 was turned over the the Maryland state Treasurer William 
James in early 1983.

   Elliotte Rusty Harold
   Effective XML (Addison-Wesley, 2003)


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