While this is semi-old news, the US House is looking into ethics violations for the Congressman using government stationary to write a letter to the Judge; asking for leniency for his son. Nick Rahall Used Influence to Help Son | Different rules for the political elite, I guess. Writing a letter on government stationary, IMO, is secondary to this Congressman asking for special treatment for his kid. This "kid" is an adult with a decade long list of prior convictions; easily qualifying him as a career criminal, and the Judge gives him probation while sending another defendant to jail? Add another to the list of politicians that should find out what being unemployed is like.