Former Obama photographer faces prosecution
The former president of the American Conservative, George Will, is facing prosecution for illegally selling his photos of the nation’s fallen heroes.
Will, who worked for President George W. Bush from 2003 to 2005, has been charged with six counts of violating federal law, including selling the photographs without permission.
He has pleaded not guilty.
Will was one of the most popular and prominent photographers working for Bush, but in the aftermath of the attacks on September 11, 2004, he began selling his photographs.
He also had a reputation for making photos with unusual subjects, including celebrities such as Madonna and John Lennon.
Will has been in the news for selling photographs of former President George H.W. Bush’s former wife, Nancy Reagan, and her daughter, Nancy, in 2009, and for using photographs of a child with AIDS.
In 2011, he sold photos of President Barack Obama’s former first lady, Michelle Obama, for $6,000.
Will and his company, Art of Politics, have denied the charges.
Will is also a self-described liberal who wrote in a recent blog post that he is a fan of both former President Ronald Reagan and former President Bill Clinton, and that he believes that it is “disgusting” that there is a political correctness problem in the United States.
He is currently an attorney at the Chicago law firm of Perkins Coie.
In addition to Will, the Justice Department has charged former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani with conspiracy, violating the Export-Import Bank Act, and violating the Foreign Agents Registration Act.
The former New Yorker and former Mayor of New York have both pleaded not found in a criminal trial in Manhattan federal court.