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  • 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...