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Federal prosecutor admits mistake, begs for leniency (Withheld Evidence)
The Boston Globe ^
| Jonathan Saltzman
Posted on 05/12/2009 4:00:38 PM PDT by buccaneer81
Federal prosecutor admits mistake, begs for leniency May 12, 2009 01:59 PM By Jonathan Saltzman, Globe Staff
A federal prosecutor today acknowledged that she withheld evidence that could have helped clear a defendant in a gun case but said it was an inadvertent mistake and implored the chief judge of the US District Court in Massachusetts not to impose sanctions that could derail her career.
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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: corruption; donutwatch; prosecutor; usatty
A prosecutor withheld evidence? I'm shocked! Shocked I tell you!
She withheld evidence to advance her career, imo. She should do the time that the innocent victim was sentenced to.
posted on 05/12/2009 4:03:55 PM PDT
"It's unpardonable, and if I don't find it deliberate, I find it's at least ignorance and reckless disregard,''
Don't be a sucker, Judge, it was deliberate.
posted on 05/12/2009 4:07:42 PM PDT
(Required experience for the next Republican President: Military Service!)
Baloney! Zero tolerance for prosecutors who are either incompetent or, shall I say it? — downright evil. There’s too much at risk. Too many honest people are destroyed by too many incompetent or evil prosecutors with all that power — and they have a lot of power.
I just don’t have much sympathy. Sorry. Do something else for a living, such as raking leaves in a public park.
posted on 05/12/2009 4:08:58 PM PDT
The outcome will be directly related to her political affiliation. If she is a Republican, she’ll go down. If she’s a Democrat, I don’t see much more than a hand-slap in her future. The mere mention of the story leads me to believe she’s a Republican.
posted on 05/12/2009 4:10:41 PM PDT
If this is still Marshall, I am shocked she pursued it. Hope she slams the prosecutors butt in jail, but doubt she, especially, will do that.
posted on 05/12/2009 4:11:17 PM PDT
(Duncan Hunter-Valley Forge Republican!)
Sorry, I see it is a district court, and the judge is Wolf. I agree with the poster, being MA, her political affiliation will determine what happens.
posted on 05/12/2009 4:13:24 PM PDT
(Duncan Hunter-Valley Forge Republican!)
The judge needs to make the prosecutor hit the bricks. Maybe she can make a living defending those who choose to open carry.
posted on 05/12/2009 4:19:21 PM PDT
(Big Ears + Big Spending --> BigEarMarx, the man behind TOTUS)
Withholding evidence is as bad as perjury. It strikes at the heart of the legal system. She should lose her license to practice law and should be charged with a felony for doing so. I hope she is convicted and sentenced to hard time.
This is just outrageous. What about the career of the man she wrongfully prosecuted? Corrupt prosecutors should get AT LEAST the same punishment they were so willing to mete out to their victims.
She was gonna nifong some poor schmoo to years in a Federal lock up to advance her career? Why should some trifling thing like that be allowed to impede the career of a really super special Ivy League graduate? Have we all lost our senses?
posted on 05/12/2009 4:22:33 PM PDT
by Lonesome in Massachussets
(AGWT is very robust with respect to data. All observations confirm it at the 100% confidence level.)
To: abner; Alia; beyondashadow; Bitter Bierce; bjc; Bogeygolfer; BossLady; Brytani; bwteim; Carling; ..
Sound like anyone we all know?
posted on 05/12/2009 4:28:53 PM PDT
("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
“She should do the time that the innocent victim was sentenced to.”
Or be required to PERSONALLY pay the legal bills of the defendant. Maybe both!
posted on 05/12/2009 4:36:09 PM PDT
To: buccaneer81; sit-rep; Squantos; Eaker
Derail her career? Hell, I want her bussing tables on the midnight shift with Nifong!
To: Larry Lucido
After she does the defendant’s time, of course. That is to earn money to pay his legal bills.
I have no sympathy whatsoever for this corrupt federal slug. It's way past time for some payback to the Feds for their many transgressions and corruption. And I do NOT limit this to the DoJ. It applies to the whole damned pack of needle-nosed federal leeches.
posted on 05/12/2009 4:40:52 PM PDT
((Still Fed Up to the Teeth with Washington))
"But Judge Mark L. Wolf said he was considering several sanctions because he was so appalled by Sullivan's lapse and by what he characterized as a pattern of prosecutors in the US attorney's office withholding evidence."
C'mon Judge. You had already given a warning about past behavior. You should bar all the present Federal Prosecutors in your jurisdiction from practicing law in your court and tell the DOJ to send new prosecutors who have had extensive ethics training. And if the prosecutor knew from her notes that the information directly contradicted what the testimony was from the stand, she should be referred for prosecution. That's as bad a faith case as it gets.
posted on 05/12/2009 4:43:47 PM PDT
(The Porkulus brought us economic swine flu.)
To: Larry Lucido
She’s just one of the....can’t understand normal thinking ....little gators.
posted on 05/12/2009 4:45:54 PM PDT
(Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
“...was an inadvertent mistake...”
I wonder what her position would be regarding a citzen who committed an inadvertent mistake that resulted in a violation of the law, a firearms law for instance.
posted on 05/12/2009 4:46:44 PM PDT
(Blessed be those who know the depth and breadth of their ignorance. Cursed be those who don't.)
I’ll take Nifong, DPD Sgt. John Shelton, and Duke Police Officer Christopher Day for $1000, abb.
posted on 05/12/2009 4:53:58 PM PDT
why is it that those who beg for mercy, are usually the last ones to ever show any???
burn the witch...
posted on 05/12/2009 4:57:27 PM PDT
(American Hedonist - Obama is basically Jim Jones with a teleprompter)
To: Larry Lucido
posted on 05/12/2009 4:58:16 PM PDT
(The Two Loudest Sounds in the World.....Bang When it should have been Click and the Reverse.)
Obama’s solution will be to fire the judge.
posted on 05/12/2009 5:00:58 PM PDT
by Blood of Tyrants
(Socialism is the belief that most people are better off if everyone was equally poor and miserable.)
“derail her career”? She should not have a career after this!
If it were up to me I'd toss this b**** into the General Population in a mens prison for a couple of years.
posted on 05/12/2009 5:24:39 PM PDT
(The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
I’ll take “Who is Mike Nifong?” for 500, abb.
Sullivan failed to disclose that a Boston police officer's testimony at a pretrial hearing contradicted what the office had repeatedly told the prosecutor beforehand. The defendant was Darwin E. Jones, a Mattapan man who was arrested in July 2007 in a Boston gun case. The truth only came to light, according to Wolf, when the judge reviewed Sullivan's notes of her interviews of the police officer, Rance Cooley.
If I read this right, it sounds as if she, the prosecutor, told he, the police officer, to lie under oath. This would go beyond these two. I would guess there is a conspiracy here. Given the defendant's name and location in the city, he's a black man who got busted for drug possession (later in story). I'm surprised Jesse or Al were not on the job. It looks like they tried to stick a carry without permit charge on him too.
Given the defendant's name and location in the city,
Yep. All I had to see was Mattapan.
posted on 05/12/2009 6:47:07 PM PDT
(Bob Taft has soiled the family name for the next century.)
If I read this right, it sounds as if she, the prosecutor, told he, the police officer, to lie under oath.
Good catch. That's how I read it as well. If we had a Dept. of Justice worthy of the name, those two would be under criminal investigation.
posted on 05/12/2009 7:34:44 PM PDT
by Ken H
posted on 05/12/2009 8:33:23 PM PDT
If I read this right, it sounds as if she, the prosecutor, told he, the police officer, to lie under oath
If I remember my Law and Order correctly, subornation of perjury is something of a no no, and judges tend to frown on it?
posted on 05/12/2009 8:43:00 PM PDT
by Lucius Cornelius Sulla
("men of intemperate minds cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters." -- Edmund Burke)
Well, if we're keeping lists, I have one or two I'd like to add, but what the heck “rules are only meant to be broken,” right? I wonder if any of the offenders ever get that little “witness” in the pit of their stomachs that just maybe they might not oughta’ pull some of the crap they pull just to keep score of wins and losses or get the “silly” cases off their desks or get a promotion.
Leniency, huh? Hm...m...m. I'll have to think about that.
Okay, I've thought about it. No. “Sanctions” are a better deal than those I know who have been falsely arrested, prosecuted and imprisoned. Sanctions with an unsealed file and a permanent record. Yup. I'm thinking what's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander. She won't go to prison, but she'll live a life ruined by her own “bad choices”. She sounds young, so she'll have a long time to repent in leisure.
It isn't unforgiveness, but it is justice.
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