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  • Attorney General Lynch accepts FBI recommendation to clear Clinton of wrongdoing

    07/06/2016 3:43:21 PM PDT · by PaulyPaul · 51 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | July 6, 2016 | Sarah Westwood
    ttorney General Loretta Lynch officially accepted the FBI's recommendation that neither Hillary Clinton nor any of her aides should face criminal charges Wednesday, effectively ending the year-long investigation into their handling of classified information. Lynch said in a statement she had met with FBI Director James Comey and career prosecutors earlier Wednesday and accepted their "unanimous" recommendations to close the case without bringing an indictment against anyone involved.
  • Baltimore judge scolds prosecutors for withholding evidence in trial of officer in Freddie Gray case

    06/09/2016 11:27:53 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 57 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 9, 2016 | Ryan M. McDermott
    BALTIMORE | The judge who will decide the fate of a police officer charged in the death of Freddie Gray on Thursday blasted city prosecutors for failing to turn over evidence that could exculpate the officer. On the opening day of the trial for Officer Caesar Goodson, Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry Williams said that prosecutors violated Maryland court rules when they failed to turn over to the defense a discussion with Donta Allen, the second man placed inside the transport van after Gray was injured. “I’m saying you don’t understand what exculpatory means. I’m telling you that this [evidence] needs...
  • To win convictions, prosecutors must get inside heads of Baltimore officers

    05/03/2015 3:00:11 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 53 replies ^ | May 3, 2015 | Victoria Kim,David Zucchino
    Prosecutors seeking to convict six Baltimore officers in the death of a young black man severely injured while in police custody will focus not on what the officers did but on what they allegedly failed to do: provide medical attention to 25-year-old Freddie Gray inside a police van on April 12.
  • Prosecutors Are Reading Emails From Inmates to Lawyers

    07/23/2014 6:04:34 PM PDT · by Theoria · 17 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 22 July 2014 | STEPHANIE CLIFFORD
    The extortion case against Thomas DiFiore, a reputed boss in the Bonanno crime family, encompassed thousands of pages of evidence, including surveillance photographs, cellphone and property records, and hundreds of hours of audio recordings. But even as Mr. DiFiore sat in a jail cell, sending nearly daily emails to his lawyers on his case and his deteriorating health, federal prosecutors in Brooklyn sought to add another layer of evidence: those very emails. The prosecutors informed Mr. DiFiore last month that they would be reading the emails sent to his lawyers from jail, potentially using his own words against him. Jailhouse...
  • Judge orders no jail for teen in fatal car wreck

    02/06/2014 8:49:43 AM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 35 replies
    MSN News ^ | February 6, 2014 | By Nomaan Merchant of AP
    "Judge Jean Boyd again decided to give no jail time for Ethan Couch, defense attorney Reagan Wynn and prosecutors told reporters after the hearing, which was closed to the public. Prosecutors had asked Boyd to sentence him to 20 years in state custody on charges related to two people who were severely injured."
  • Let’s prosecute some prosecutors

    09/16/2013 7:26:05 AM PDT · by SmileRight · 18 replies ^ | 8/16/2013 | John R. Smith
    It’s time to put the brakes on one of the most egregious examples of just how evil government can become in asserting its power over the people. It’s time to curb the excesses of over-zealous prosecutors who are turning poor decisions by individuals into criminal acts. Too often, they convert simple negligence or civil blunders into crimes. It’s a far-left concept: “Somebody” must be held responsible for every bad thing that happens. Two over-the-top final straws were recently heaped onto the camel’s back in America and Italy. Get this: Italian prosecutors convinced a court to convict six scientists for manslaughter...
  • Zimmerman prosecutors sued by fired IT worker

    07/17/2013 9:17:41 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 37 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 7/17/2013 | Allahpundit
    Zimmerman’s suing NBC, Martin’s parents are (probably) suing Zimmerman — isn’t it time that someone sued the one actor in this case whose motives were most provably malign? Maybe this is a first small step in sending Corey to join Mike Nifong in disgraced-former-prosecutor obscurity. Ben Kruidbos, Corey’s former director of information technology, was fired after testifying at a pre-trial hearing on June 6 that prosecutors failed to turn over potentially embarrassing evidence extracted from Martin’s cell phone to the defense, as required by evidence-sharing laws. “We will be filing a whistleblower action in (Florida’s Fourth Judicial District) Circuit Court,”...
  • Zimmerman Prosecutors Should be Disbarred

    07/13/2013 7:40:06 AM PDT · by Kansas58 · 61 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 7/12/2013 | Alan Dershowitz
    Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz says the prosecutors in the George Zimmerman murder trial should be charged with "prosecutorial misconduct" for suggesting the defendant planned the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin. "That is something no prosecutor should be allowed to get away with … to make up a story from whole cloth," Dershowitz told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV. "These prosecutors should be disbarred. They have acted absolutely irresponsibly in an utterly un-American fashion."
  • Holder appoints two prosecutors to probe security leaks

    06/08/2012 5:01:53 PM PDT · by Nachum · 40 replies
    The Hill ^ | 6/8/12 | Jeremy Herb
    Attorney General Eric Holder on Friday appointed two U.S. Attorneys to head an investigation into a recent series of national security leaks. Holder appointed U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Ronald Machen Jr. and U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod Rosenstein to investigate and criminally prosecute “possible unauthorized disclosures of classified information.” “The unauthorized disclosure of classified information can compromise the security of this country and all Americans, and it will not be tolerated,” Holder said in a statement. “The Justice Department takes seriously cases in which government employees and contractors entrusted with classified information are suspected
  • Military Prosecutors Withhold Evidence; Army Ranger Goes To Prison For 25 Years For Shooting Al

    08/23/2011 3:16:31 PM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies ^ | 8/23/11 | staff
    On March 20th, 2009, Army Ranger 1st Lieutenant Michael Behenna was sentenced to 25 years in prison for killing Ali Mansur, a known Al Qaeda operative while serving in Iraq. Mansur was known to be a member of an Al Qaeda cell operating in the lieutenant’s area of operation and Army intelligence believed he organized an attack on Lt. Behenna’s platoon in April 2008 which killed two U.S. soldiers and injured two more. Army intelligence ordered the release of Mansur and Lt. Behenna was ordered to return the terrorist to his home. During the return of Mansur, Lt. Behenna again...
  • Lawyers for maid in Strauss Kahn scandal expect charges to be dropped as case collapses

    08/21/2011 12:00:29 AM PDT · by Niuhuru · 15 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 6:03 AM on 21st August 2011 | By Hannah Roberts
    The prosecutors in the Dominique Strauss-Kahn scandal will meet the hotel maid accusing the former IMF chief of sexual assault on Monday, in a sign the case may be headed for dismissal. Douglas Wigdor, a lawyer for the maid, Nafissatou Diallo, said the Manhattan district attorney's office requested in a letter that Diallo meet with them at 3 p.m. The letter also said that, if she failed to appear, prosecutors would assume she was not interested in discussing the case, Wigdor said. 'This is just another piece of evidence demonstrating what may be the ultimate outcome of this case,' Wigdor...
  • D-Day for Casey: Prosecutors dismiss 'absurd' claim that Caylee drowned

    07/04/2011 11:57:32 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 19 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 7:05 PM on 4th July 2011 | By Jacqui Goddard
    Casey Anthony’s six-week murder trial finally rested today as jurors were sent away to decide whether her two-year-old daughter was the victim of an accidental drowning that she covered up out of fear and grief, or was brutally murdered by a 'pathological liar' who wanted to live free and party. Judge Belvin Perry dispatched the jury in Orlando, Florida, to consider their verdict after the state delivered an emotionally stirring rebuttal to the defence’s closing arguments, telling the panel of seven men and five woman that Caylee Anthony died in June 2008 at the hands of 'the most well documented...
  • Is Strauss-Khan sex assault case about to collapse?

    06/30/2011 9:27:10 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 30 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 5:02 AM on 1st July 2011 | By Daily Mail Reporter
    The sexual assault case against ex IMF boss Dominique Strauss-Khan is close to collapse, it was tonight revealed. The New York hotel maid who accused Strauss-Khan of raping her in his $3,000-a-night suite, lied to investigators, law enforcement sources told the New York Times. Despite a wealth of forensic evidence against the 62-year-old, prosecutors have dismissed a lot of what the maid said about the alleged encounter, according to the newspaper.
  • Bad Boys - A rogue’s gallery of misbehaving prosecutors, plus three worth praising

    06/27/2011 4:55:19 PM PDT · by TheDingoAteMyBaby · 7 replies
    Reason ^ | 6-27-2011 | Radley Balko
    You might think that putting an innocent person in prison for a major crime like rape or murder would end or at least impede a prosecutor’s career. But prosecutors are rarely sanctioned for mistakes, even when their misconduct is egregious. In fact, they are often re-elected, promoted to judge, or encouraged to run for political office. Sometimes they even owe these successes to the publicity they get from high-profile convictions of people who turned out to be innocent. Here are some of the worst cases of prosecutors who put more than one innocent person in prison but suffered no significant...
  • Plea deal for teenagers charged over suicide of Phoebe Prince

    04/27/2011 5:26:58 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 35 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 7:19 PM on 27th April 2011 | By Daily Mail Reporter
    Five of the six teenagers charged with driving a 15-year-old Irish girl to suicide after an unrelenting bullying campaign have struck a plea deal agreement with prosecutors. Despite denying the original charges of stalking, harassment and civil rights violations causing bodily injury they have now agreed to admit to a misdemeanour charge of harassment, and in exchange prosecutors will drop the more serious charges against them. Kayla Narey, Sharon Chanon Velázquez, Ashley Longe, Sean Mulveyhill, and Flannery Mullins, all of South Hadley High School, faced felony and misdemeanour charges.
  • Jared Loughner is indicted on 46 new charges in Tucson shooting - and could face death penalty

    03/05/2011 9:46:17 AM PST · by Niuhuru · 33 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Last updated at 12:06 AM on 5th March 2011 | By Daily Mail Reporter
    Suspected Tucson gunman Jared Loughner has been indicted on 46 new charges, including the murders of a federal judge and an aide to congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. The new indictment, by a federal grand jury in Arizona, is the first step in a formal Department of Justice process to decide whether to seek the death penalty against the 22-year-old.
  • Teen prostitutes get new status

    02/26/2011 6:14:00 PM PST · by little jeremiah · 58 replies
    Minneapolis-St.Paul Star Tribune ^ | February 26, 2011 | PAT PHEIFER and JIM ANDERSON
    County prosecutors from across the metro said Friday they are overhauling their policies to ensure that juvenile prostitutes are treated as crime victims instead of criminals, even as some regions of the state see an uptick in teen prostitution cases. "We need to do the right thing as it relates to children who are victims of prostitution," said Ramsey County Attorney John Choi, who was joined at a news conference by prosecutors, police chiefs and victim advocates from across the Twin Cities. "I believe we should be doing everything we can to get them out of the system, and never...
  • California prosecutors say they’ll charge TSA agents if pat-downs are inappropriate

    11/18/2010 11:07:37 AM PST · by Nachum · 47 replies · 2+ views
    McClatchy Newspapers ^ | 11/181/10 | Mike Rosenberg
    As nearly 2 million holiday travellers pack Bay Area airports starting Friday, local prosecutors have a warning for overzealous security agents performing the new federal pat-down: touch passengers the wrong way, and we’ll throw you in jail. Although authorities in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties said they have not received any criminal complaints since the pat-downs began this month, the searches can involve touching of the genital and breast areas, which critics say is akin to sexual assault. The Transportation Security Administration says the pat-downs are rare and most commonly used when travellers opt not to travel through the...
  • BREAKING NEWS: Major Arizona drug smuggling ring broken up

    04/27/2010 6:36:38 PM PDT · by SandRat · 53 replies · 3,659+ views
    High tech highly sophisticated drug smuggling ring. County employee in the prosecutors office among those arrested.
  • Prosecutors to seek death penalty when Nidal Malik Hasan faces a court-martial

    11/10/2009 6:58:40 AM PST · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 56 replies · 2,092+ views ^ | November 10, 2009 | Richard Sisk DAILY NEWS WASHINGTON BUREAU
    WASHINGTON - Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan will be tried in a military court-martial, and prosecutors are expected to seek the death penalty, officials said yesterday. FBI and Army investigators tried to interview Hasan, who is recovering from bullet wounds in a San Antonio, Tex., Army hospital, on Sunday, but he refused and demanded a lawyer. Under the military system, Hasan's fellow Army officers - almost certainly combat veterans - will rule on whether he is guilty of the mass murder of 12 soldiers and one civilian at Fort Hood, and, if so, on his punishment. A death penalty would...
  • High court weighs immunity afforded to prosecutors

    11/06/2009 12:22:05 AM PST · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 14 replies · 1,316+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 11/05/2009 | Washington Post
    The case before the Supreme Court on Wednesday sounded like a television movie, a tale of wrongful imprisonment and the slow, inexorable wheels of justice. Prosecutors under pressure to close the case of a cop killer settle on two young African Americans. They fabricate evidence, coerce perjury and bury the investigation of a white suspect.A sympathetic prison barber unearths the investigative records that eventually lead courts to free the convicted men after years behind bars. And the men seek retribution for the prosecutors who framed them. But here's the twist: The prosecutors say that they can't be sued for anything...
  • U.S. prosecutors vie for September 11 plotter trials

    09/21/2009 11:32:01 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 261+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 9/21/09 | Jane Sutton
    GUANTANAMO BAY U.S. NAVAL BASE, Cuba (Reuters) – Federal prosecutors in New York, Washington and Virginia are vying to try the accused plotters of the September 11 attacks if their cases are moved into U.S. civilian courts, the chief prosecutor for the Guantanamo war crimes court said. The Obama administration said last week it would decide by November 16 whether to try Guantanamo prisoners in a revised version of the much-maligned military tribunals or in regular civilian courts. Case files for self-described 9-11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four alleged al Qaeda co-conspirators are already under review by U.S. attorneys...
  • Papers Show Bush Aides’ Role in Firings of Prosecutors

    08/11/2009 6:41:03 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies · 1,594+ views
    New York Times ^ | 8/11/2009 | ERIC LICHTBLAU
    WASHINGTON — Thousands of pages of internal e-mail and once-secret Congressional testimony showed Tuesday that Karl Rove and other senior aides in the Bush White House played an earlier and more active role than was previously known in the 2006 firings of a number of United States attorneys. Aides to former President George W. Bush have asserted that the Justice Department took the lead in the dismissals, which set off a political firestorm that lasted months. Mr. Rove played down his role in the firings in a recent interview and in closed testimony last month before Congressional investigators. But the...
  • THOMASSON: Prosecutorial misconduct. A senator and a state done a grievous disservice

    04/11/2009 5:24:49 AM PDT · by Scanian · 16 replies · 885+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | April 11, 2009 | Dan K. Thomasson
    In television's long-running "Law and Order" series, the prosecutors are portrayed as righteous, dedicated searchers for the truth who seldom, if ever, fail to find it. And the defense attorneys are depicted as a necessary evil, capable of underhanded, devious action to free their clients whom everyone knows are guilty. Other entries in the legal free-for-alls that have been a TV staple have taken the opposite tack, giving the edge to those representing the downtrodden accused. Reality, of course, lies somewhere in between with the justice scales tipping one way or another on an individual basis. But it is safe...
  • Prosecutors to court: Get on with William Jefferson D-La trial (faces up to 235 years)

    12/28/2008 12:59:57 PM PST · by Libloather · 21 replies · 1,385+ views
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | 12/28/08
    Prosecutors to court: Get on with Jefferson trialThe Associated Press Sun, Dec 28, 2008 (12:03 a.m.) Federal prosecutors are urging an appeals court to get on with Rep. William Jefferson's corruption trial, saying his appeal to the Supreme Court does not have enough chance of success to justify further delays. Jefferson. D-La., was indicted on bribery charges after agents found $90,000 in his freezer. He has pleaded not guilty and his lawyers argue that his trial should be delayed pending his appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. Jefferson argues that the charges are invalid because a grand jury got access...
  • Gov. Matt Blunt(R) of Missouri is furious at Obama for using prosecutors on campaign “truth squad”

    09/27/2008 7:38:30 PM PDT · by canucky · 40 replies · 2,303+ views
    Hot Air Blog ^ | Sept.27/08 | Hot Air
    Quote from Gov.Blunt "This abuse of the law for intimidation insults the most sacred principles and ideals of Jefferson. I can think of nothing more offensive to Jefferson’s thinking than using the power of the state to deprive Americans of their civil rights. The only conceivable purpose of Messrs. McCulloch, Obama and the others is to frighten people away from expressing themselves, to chill free and open debate, to suppress support and donations to conservative organizations targeted by this anti-civil rights, to strangle criticism of Mr. Obama, to suppress ads about his support of higher taxes, and to choke out...
  • U.S. Prosecutors Feel the Heat, Want Protection

    08/05/2008 6:16:40 AM PDT · by marktwain · 19 replies · 244+ views ^ | 5 August, 2008 | Julie Kay
    In the wake of three murders and the recent attack on a federal prosecutor in a New York courtroom, a group representing the nation's federal prosecutors is calling for stepped-up security, including home alarms, self-defense training and the right to carry firearms. Additionally, the National Association of Assistant U.S. Attorneys, which represents the country's 5,400 federal prosecutors, wants secure parking for prosecutors, particularly those who handle dangerous criminal cases. "Statistically, we are threatened more than judges," said Steve Cook, chairman of the NAAUSA security committee and a Tennessee federal prosecutor. "Security is a very important issue for us." In a...
  • Prosecutors cracking down on illegal immigrants (Los Angeles leads w/ recent spike in prosecutions)

    03/15/2008 6:53:57 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 403+ views
    The federal government is cracking down on immigrants who have been deported and then returned to the United States illegally. The Los Angeles Times reviewed U.S. attorney's statistics and found prosecutors filed 539 such cases in fiscal year 2007. That's 35 percent of the total caseload compared to 207 in 2006 - 17 percent of all cases. Federal authorities say they are mainly targeting gang members, drug dealers and career criminals who have re-entered the country after being deported. But critics say people who commit minor crimes have been caught up in the recent crackdown. The newspaper reports immigration officials...
  • Spitzer, Nifong & Earle

    03/14/2008 4:42:02 AM PDT · by moneyrunner · 2 replies · 192+ views
    The Virginian ^ | 3/14/2008 | Moneyrunner
    What do three prominent crooked prosecuting attorneys have in common? They have the press as their allies! In fact, the press is indispensible in their campaigns. Spitzer threatened his enemies with his willing accomplices inthe media. Ronnie Earle held press conferences to vilify Tom Delay and succeeded in getting him out of office. So where is the prosecution? Where is the trail? Mike Nifong used the press to whip up hatred of the white lacrosse players and get elected in Durham. He was willing the sacrifice the lives of these young men to get a pension and the press was...
  • NY prosecutors can charge stuntman for Empire jump

    03/04/2008 4:03:45 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 120+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 3/4/08 | Edith Honan
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - An individual is not entitled to parachute off New York City landmarks, including the Empire State Building, no matter how extensive his training, a New York appeals court ruled on Tuesday. The ruling reversed a 2007 decision, which said that stuntman and former Discovery Channel host Jebb Corliss, 31, did not put people at risk when attempting to parachute from the Empire State Building's 86th floor observatory floor in 2006. In overturning that decision, the four-judge panel ruled that an accidental misstep or a faulty parachute could have put bystanders and security professionals at risk. "Even...
  • Prosecutors say ex-expert witness will plead guilty to perjury

    02/29/2008 2:06:01 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 800+ views
    John B. Torkelsen, who made tens of millions of dollars as an expert witness in hundreds of business lawsuits, agreed to plead guilty to a perjury charge for lying about how he was paid in a securities class-action case, prosecutors said. Torkelsen entered the plea agreement Thursday in a federal court in Philadelphia and could face up to five years in prison. The case was filed by prosecutors in Los Angeles. Torkelsen, 62, of Princeton, N.J., agreed to plead guilty to submitting a false declaration in a case filed in 1999 in a federal court in San Jose, prosecutors said....
  • Investors, prosecutors seek piece of disgraced fundraiser Hsu

    09/26/2007 4:44:04 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 34 replies · 187+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 9/26/07 | Paul Elias - ap
    Even as he sits in the suburban Bay Area jail that once housed condemned killer Scott Peterson, Norman Hsu is still a wanted man. Jilted investors who sunk $63 million into Hsu's alleged Ponzi schemes are competing for whatever financial crumbs they can shake from the disgraced Democratic fundraiser. At the same time, state and federal prosecutors are wrangling over where he should be jailed. "We have the body," California Deputy Attorney General Ronald Smetana argued last week outside San Mateo Superior Court after a shackled Hsu was ordered held without bail. Hsu's fall from top-tier fundraiser has been swift:...
  • Ethics Panel Defers to Prosecutors, Suspends William Jefferson (D-La) Probe

    08/06/2007 7:01:11 PM PDT · by Libloather · 13 replies · 926+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 8/06/07 | Kathleen Hunter
    Ethics Panel Defers to Prosecutors, Suspends Jefferson ProbeBy Kathleen Hunter Mon Aug 6, 4:30 PM ET A reporter walks out of the Capitol Hill office of Rep. William Jefferson, D-La., in this June 4, 2007 file photo. The FBI violated the Constitution when agents raided Jefferson's office last year and viewed legislative documents, a federal appeals court ruled Friday, Aug. 3, 2007. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) Responding to a Justice Department request, a House ethics panel has suspended its investigation into allegations of criminal misconduct on the part of indicted Rep. William J. Jefferson, D-La. The investigative subcommittee charged with determining...
  • A Tale of Two Prosecutors

    06/21/2007 9:19:50 PM PDT · by gpapa · 14 replies · 859+ views ^ | June 22, 2007 | DOROTHY RABINOWITZ
    Mike Nifong is punished, but Patrick Fitzgerald isn't. This week the Duke-Nifong drama oozed to its finale, with a payout to the victims, a confidentiality agreement, the usual salutes to the healing process, and plans on the part of the principals to begin putting the case behind them. Missing from these declamations was the core reality that had brought this day to pass. No one expected participants in this peace-and-resolution ceremony to find a moment to recall the rightful fury and amazement this case engendered across the nation and outside of it--but such a moment would not have been out...
  • Prosecutors: Up to 3 years for Libby (FitzFong Alert!)

    05/25/2007 2:37:40 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 64 replies · 1,601+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/25/07 | Matt Apuzzo - ap
    WASHINGTON - Former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby has shown no remorse for corrupting the legal system and deserves to spend 2 1/2 to 3 years in prison for obstructing the CIA leak investigation, Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald said Friday. Libby, the former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney and an assistant to President Bush, is the highest-ranking White House official convicted since the Iran-Contra affair two decades ago. In court documents, Fitzgerald rejected criticism from Libby's supporters who said the leak investigation had spun out of control. Fitzgerald denied the prosecution was politically motivated and...
  • Support for seven fired U.S. attorneys

    05/04/2007 10:09:06 AM PDT · by SmithL · 17 replies · 666+ views
    McClatchy News via SacBee ^ | 5/4/7 | Marisa Taylor and Margaret Talev
    A former Justice official testifies he had no performance issues and didn't back their removal. WASHINGTON -- A former senior Justice Department official Thursday defended seven of the eight U.S. attorneys the Bush administration fired, saying he had concerns about the performance of only one of them and wouldn't have recommended the others be removed.Former Deputy Attorney General James Comey told a House Judiciary subcommittee that although it was his responsibility as the department's second-in-command to supervise the nation's top prosecutors, he was never told the department and the White House had targeted some prosecutors for replacement.Comey's successor, Deputy Attorney...
  • Attorney General (Janet Reno) Seeks Resignations from Prosecutors - Where Were the DemoCrites Then?

    03/13/2007 8:53:21 AM PDT · by MikeA · 8 replies · 1,346+ views
    New York Times ^ | March 24, 1993 | DAVID JOHNSTON
    Attorney General Janet Reno today demanded the prompt resignation of all United States Attorneys, leading the Federal prosecutor in the District of Columbia to suggest that the order could be tied to his long-running investigation of Representative Dan Rostenkowski, a crucial ally of President Clinton. Jay B. Stephens, the ... (Unfortunately this article being from 1993 is available only through the New York Swines' archives for a purchase price of $4.95. I refuse to put any money in that evil paper's pocket. However if you want to read the rest you may use the link above to pay for the...
  • Reasons given for prosecutors firings

    03/06/2007 4:35:39 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 753+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/6/07 | The Associated Press
    Reasons given for asking six U.S. attorneys to resign, according to William Moschella, an associate deputy attorney general. He testified Tuesday before the House Judiciary Committee. Carol Lam, the U.S. attorney in San Diego _VIOLENT CRIME: "Her gun prosecution numbers are at the bottom of the list." _IMMIGRATION: "Her numbers for a border district just didn't stack up." ___ John McKay, the U.S. attorney in Seattle _POLICY DIFFERENCES: "The department really had policy differences and were concerned with the manner in which he went about advocating the particular policies ... on information sharing. He spent quite a considerable amount of...
  • Prosecutors: Mexican police killed man (attempted suicide, later beaten to death by police)

    01/21/2007 11:24:18 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 446+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/20/07 | AP
    MEXICO CITY - A man who tried to commit suicide by throwing himself onto the tracks of the Mexico City subway was later beaten to death by police, prosecutors said Saturday. Two policemen who took custody of the man after he was removed from the tracks on Thursday were charged with homicide for allegedly beating him to death in a patrol car, the Mexico City attorney general's office said in a statement. Truck driver Albano Ramirez Santos, reportedly despondent over the theft of his truck, tried to kill himself by jumping onto the subway tracks. Trains were halted but Ramirez...
  • Prosecutors outline case of bodies dumped in Calif. reservoir

    09/06/2006 3:38:15 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 746+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 9/6/06 | Greg Risling - ap
    Two Russian immigrants looking to amass $50 million concocted a kidnapping-for-ransom scheme that ended with the bodies of five people dumped in a Northern California reservoir, a federal prosecutor said Wednesday. The trial of Iouri Mikhel and Jurijus Kadamovas opened with Assistant U.S. Attorney Susan DeWitt telling jurors the two men oversaw a crew who kidnapped and later killed the victims regardless of whether ransoms were paid. "No matter how much they (victims) cooperated or how much money was paid for their release, they were killed," DeWitt said. "The defendants did not want to leave witnesses alive." Mikhel, 41, and...
  • Prosecutors: Defense responsible media leaks in Pellicano case

    05/23/2006 7:50:30 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 281+ views
    Defense attorneys are responsible for leaking confidential FBI summaries to the media in a Hollywood wiretapping case, federal prosecutors argued in court documents. Prosecutors said articles citing FBI interviews with Hollywood power brokers didn't start showing up in the New York Times until after information had been turned over to defense attorneys as part of the pretrial discovery process. Because a protective order may have been violated, the U.S. Justice Department has launched an investigation to determine who leaked the details. "The protective order was materially breached when at least one of the members of the defense team provided material...
  • Prosecutors Urge 10-Year Term in R.I. Fire - SENTENCED to 15 Years, 11 years suspended, 3 yrs. Prob.

    05/10/2006 1:32:59 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 36 replies · 1,235+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/10/06 | Eric Tucker - ap
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Prosecutors urged a judge Wednesday to send a former rock-band manager to prison for 10 years for setting off the pyrotechnics that caused a nightclub fire that killed 100 people. "The devastation wrought by the conduct of the defendant is unparalleled in our state's history," prosecutor Randall White said, choking up at times. He added: "The suffering is endless, and the extent and depth of the pain is bottomless." Daniel Biechele's attorney, Thomas Briody, argued that his client deserves mercy — in the form of community service, with no prison time — and feels immense sorrow for...
  • US prosecutors seek harsher charges in Chinese military 'plot'

    05/08/2006 5:12:57 PM PDT · by dennisw · 6 replies · 567+ views ^ | May 8 (AFP) May 09, 2006
    US prosecutors seek harsher charges in Chinese military 'plot' Agence France-Presse. LOS ANGELES, May 8 (AFP) May 09, 2006 US prosecutors warned Monday they plan to seek harsher charges against an engineer and two kin accused of plotting to steal sensitive US Navy warship technology and trying to smuggle it to China. The plans to beef up charges against Chinese-born engineer Chi Mak, 65, his wife, Rebecca Chiu Lai-wah, 62; and Mak's brother, former television director Mak Tai-wing, 56, came at a pre-trial hearing in Los Angeles. Assistant US Attorney Greg Staples confirmed to US District Judge Cormac Carney that...
  • Limbaugh surrenders on drug charge (AP Spin - BARF title)

    04/29/2006 4:17:12 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 260 replies · 3,837+ views
    Associated (Arab) Press and MSNBC ^ | 28 April 06 | Not listed
    Limbaugh surrenders on drug charge Conservative talk-show host reportedly reaches deal to settle Rx rap WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Rush Limbaugh and prosecutors in the long-running painkiller fraud case against him have reached a deal calling for the only charge against the conservative commentator to be dropped if he continues treatment, his attorney said Friday. Limbaugh was booked on a single charge that was filed Friday, said Teri Barbera, a spokeswoman for the Palm Beach County Jail. He left about an hour later, after Limbaugh was photographed and fingerprinted and he posted $3,000 bail, Barbera said. The radio giant’s...
  • Prosecutors: Too few repeat drunken drivers get prison time(MN liberal weenie judges)

    04/10/2006 1:12:30 PM PDT · by Rakkasan1 · 12 replies · 440+ views
    Grand Forks Herald ^ | 4-10-06 | ap
    ST. PAUL - Despite a tough law designed to get chronic drunken drivers off the roads, more than 40 percent of felony DWI offenders avoid prison time and instead get sent to county jails for a year or less, according to court records. Prosecutors say judges aren't handing down tough enough sentences, as they had hoped when the law took effect in 2002. In 2004, 43 percent of 222 DWI felons got a year or less in jail, according to statewide court data. From the start of the law through mid-2005, 41 percent got less than three years in prison,...
  • Prosecutors Can't Prove Informant's Claims(lodi CA terrorism investigation)

    03/30/2006 9:48:33 PM PST · by freepatriot32 · 2 replies · 496+ views ^ | 3 31 06 | DON THOMPSON
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. - In a potential blow to their terrorism case against a father and son, federal prosecutors on Thursday said there is no evidence to support statements by their key witness that a top aide to Osama bin Laden attended a northern California mosque in the late 1990s. The surprise move was designed to dissuade the defense from calling witnesses who would challenge the story's credibility. The witness, an FBI informant, told agents when they recruited him in 2001 that he had seen a high-ranking al-Qaida official and two other international terrorists when he lived in Lodi during the...
  • Prosecutors: Moussaoui Killed With Lies

    03/29/2006 6:46:41 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 256+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/29/06 | Michael J. Sniffen - ap
    ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Prosecutors said al-Qaida conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui killed Americans on Sept. 11, 2001, by lying to federal agents weeks earlier to keep the plot secret. Defense attorneys called him an "al-Qaida hanger-on" who only dreamed he had a role in the worst terrorist attack in the nation's history. Summarizing 10 days of testimony in a tumultuous sentencing trial, lawyers painted sharply divergent views of whether the 37-year-old Frenchman was responsible for any of the nearly 3,000 deaths on Sept. 11. Then a jury of nine men and three women retired to decide whether he should be eligible for...
  • Prosecutors say greed Duke's sole motivation - Cunningham defense assailed in court filing

    03/01/2006 10:12:05 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 340+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 3/1/06 | Onell R. Soto
    The contracts former Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham browbeat the Defense Department into awarding two contractors who showered him with money and gifts were not in the nation's interest, according to documents filed by prosecutors yesterday. Instead, the prosecutors said, “Cunningham and his co-conspirators fleeced the people of the United States to the tune of millions of dollars, earning profit margins on some contracts in excess of 800 percent.” In pleading guilty in November, Cunningham admitted taking more than $2.4 million in bribes in return for steering those contracts to two defense contractors, but he insisted the contracts were for legitimate...
  • Prosecutors: Cunningham placed profit over national interest

    02/28/2006 7:38:49 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 563+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 2/28/06 | Onell R. Soto
    The contracts former Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham bullied the Defense Department into awarding two contractors who showered him with money and gifts were not in the national interest, according to documents filed by prosecutors Tuesday. Instead, the prosecutors said, “Cunningham and his co-conspirators fleeced the people of the United States to the tune of millions of dollars, earning profit margins on some contracts in excess of 800 percent.” In the most detailed description yet of the former congressman's bribery case, prosecutors offered graphic examples of how Cunningham browbeat and intimidated government officials and his own staff into ensuring that millions...
  • Prosecutors say judge abused discretion in sentencing terrorist (had rebuked Bush administration)

    02/22/2006 10:27:02 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 1,223+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 2/22/06 | Gene Johnson - ap
    SEATTLE (AP) - The federal judge who sentenced an Algerian terrorist to 22 years in prison for attempting to bomb Los Angeles International Airport on the eve of the millennium wildly abused his discretion, said prosecutors who had sought a much longer sentence. Customs agents in Port Angeles, Wash., caught Ahmed Ressam, 38, with explosives in the trunk of his rental car when he drove off a ferry from British Columbia in December 1999. The scare prompted the cancellation of millennium celebrations at Seattle's Space Needle. At Ressam's sentencing last summer, U.S. District Judge John C. Coughenour used the opportunity...