Ensign Resigns Amid Senate Ethics Probe

Law360, New York (April 21, 2011, 9:56 PM EDT) -- Hounded by an ethics scandal, Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev., announced Thursday that he would resign from office to shelter his family, constituents and the U.S. Senate from a drawn-out probe into allegations that he violated federal lobbying restrictions.

The senator, who admitted in June 2009 to an affair with Cynthia Hampton, the wife of staff aide Doug Hampton, will formally notify Vice President Joe Biden on Friday of his resignation, effective May 3. The resignation follows Ensign's March announcement that he would not seek re-election....
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