i've had this post in my 'draft' box for a week or so - i thought that i had published this already. apologies. here are some random facts about Hastert's lawyer, Randy Evans
* from miguel: randy evans has been Hastert's private counsel since the day Hastert took over the Speakership.
"The Evans connection is very interesting. He is the [Governor] Perdue-appointed chair of the State Election board, and active in pushing the Voter-ID law. Randy is also counsel for the Republican Party of Georgia."
"Randolph "Randy" Evans, the chair of the Financial Institutions practice at McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP (MLA), "handles high profile, complex litigation matters in state and federal courts throughout the United States for some of the largest companies in the world." 
Evans served as outside counsel to both Newt Gingrich and J. Dennis Hastert, Speakers of the United States House of Representatives, as well as to House Majority Whip Roy Blunt and former Representative from Oklahoma and House GOP Chairman J.C. Watts ( "as well as a number of other United States Senators and Congressmen as client.")
Evans is chairman of the board of the Newt Gingrich Companies. He is also chairman of the board of the J.C. Watts Companies."
"Evans made his first mark in the area of Speaker politics and law in February 1988 when he assisted then Congressman Newt Gingrich with the drafting of the ethics complaint against then Speaker Jim Wright. Eventually, Speaker Wright resigned, leading to Gingrich’s elevation to Minority Whip of the House GOP Conference in 1989."
"Evans continued in the area following Mr. Gingrich’s resignation. In 1999, newly elected Speaker J. Dennis Hastert kept Mr. Evans on as his counsel. ... Evans announced the negotiation and approval of a book contract for the publication of a book by Speaker Hastert to be published by Regnery Publishing"
"Randy Evans has served as General Counsel to the Georgia Republican Party since his appointment by then Georgia GOP Chairman Ralph Reed. He was reappointed by Georgia GOP Chairman Alec Pointevint in 2003. In addition, Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue appointed, (and the Georgia State Senate confirmed) Mr. Evans to the Georgia State Election Board in 2003. While serving as Presiding Justice, Chief Justice Norman Fletcher of the Georgia Supreme Court appointed Mr. Evans as a Special Master of the Court."
In 1999, david corn reported on the details of Gingrich's first divorce (Randy Evans was representing him) - apparently it was a mystery at the time why Newt didn't settle quietly - rather than publicly airing a lot of his dirty laundry. Let's hope Evans takes the same approach with the Hastert case!
crossposted at wotisitgood4