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  • Feds suggest anti-Muslim speech can be punished

    06/01/2013 6:34:17 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 108 replies
    politico.com ^ | May 31, 2013 | Byron Tau
    Feds suggest anti-Muslim speech can be punished By BYRON TAU | 5/31/13 5:26 PM EDT A U.S. attorney in Tennessee is reportedly vowing to use federal civil rights statutes to clamp down on offensive and inflammatory speech about Islam. Bill Killian, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee, was quoted by the Tullahoma News this week suggesting that some inflammatory material on Islam might run afoul of federal civil rights laws. "We need to educate people about Muslims and their civil rights, and as long as we’re here, they’re going to be protected," Killian told the newspaper. Killian, along...
  • U.S. Attorney Investigating Fox News Donated to Obama

    05/22/2013 7:12:41 AM PDT · by Errant · 17 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 21 May, 2003 | Larry O'Connor
    The US Attorney for the District of Columbia, Ronald C. Machen - the man responsible for the aggressive surveillance and phone record scrutiny at Fox News - is also a big donor to the Obama Campaigns. At the time of his appointment, the Washington Post wrote a profile on Machen including this tidbit: Over the years, he has donated $4,350 to Obama's campaigns. He gave $250 to Obama's U.S. Senate campaign in 2003, a year before Obama, then an Illinois state senator, emerged on the nation's political radar, according to campaign finance records.
  • Prosecutor in Texas Quits Aryan Case

    04/03/2013 8:26:35 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 51 replies
    Newser ^ | 04/02/2013 | By John Johnson
    One of the theories floating around about the murder of a Texas district attorney and one of his prosecutors is that the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas is behind the killings as revenge for prosecution. If so, the group can consider its message received. A federal prosecutor has just resigned from a big racketeering case against the white supremacist group in Houston, reports the Houston Chronicle and Dallas Morning News. The US attorney dropped out over what both papers call "security concerns." Another attorney from the Justice Department is heading from DC to Texas as a replacement. “He’s obviously made a...
  • Patrick Fitzgerald quits U.S. attorney post after nearly 11 years

    05/23/2012 2:36:34 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 31 replies
    SunTimes ^ | 5-23-12 | Sun Times Staff
    U.S. Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald — who toppled two Illinois governors and a top aide to the former vice president, and also went after the Chicago mob, a notorious police commander accused of torture and even international terrorists — is stepping down. The corruption-busting prosecutor said he will leave the post June 30 after serving nearly 11 years in the post, longer than anyone else in Illinois history. In a written statement, Fitzgerald said he told the White House, Attorney General Eric Holder, and U.S. Sens. Richard Durbin and Mark Kirk about his decision Wednesday morning. “When I was selected...
  • Orthodox Jews Angered by Obama Nominee

    05/14/2012 8:11:17 AM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    BBreitbart ^ | 5/14/12 | Jeffrey Scott Shapiro
    A former U.S. Attorney appointed by President Obama who previously came under scrutiny by the Jewish Orthodox community may soon be confirmed by the U.S. Senate for a federal judgeship, after she received a majority vote from the Senate Judiciary Committee. Stephanie Rose, 39, was recently nominated for a lifetime appointment by President Obama in the Southern District of Iowa. Rose’s appointment is controversial within the Orthodox Jewish community because of her previous involvement in the prosecution of Sholom Rubashkin, the former CEO of a now-bankrupt, Iowa-based Kosher meatpacking company that was accused of employing hundreds of illegal immigrants and...
  • 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.
  • Loughner Indictment

    01/21/2011 3:30:39 PM PST · by ventanax5 · 31 replies
    National Review ^ | Andrew c. McCarthy
    There was some head-scratching a couple of days ago over the Justice Department’s indictment of Jared Lee Loughner in the Tucson shootings case because he was not charged with the murders of Chief Judge John Roll and Gabriel Zimmerman, a legislative aide to Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. Instead, the indictment charges only the attempted murders of Representative Giffords and her two other aides, Ron Barber and Pamela Simon. (My column a few days back explained that there is no federal jurisdiction to charge murder or attempted murder in connection with the victims who were not federal officers.) I was interviewed by...
  • The Perfect No-Prosecution Crime

    10/25/2010 10:37:14 AM PDT · by Razzz42 · 6 replies
    Jim Sinclair's Mineset ^ | October 25, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Greg Hunter
    It appears to me the entire mortgage/securitization industry is one giant criminal enterprise. And yet, last Wednesday, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan said, “We have not found any evidence at this point of systemic issues in the underlying legal or other documents that have been reviewed.” What! Well, look a little harder Mr. HUD Secretary. (Click here for the complete Reuters story with Donovan’s quote.) Donovan did say the foreclosure fiasco is “shameful,” but that is not the same as a criminal prosecution now is it? Where is U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in all of this? I...
  • Obama's zealous civil rights enforcer gets busy

    09/02/2010 3:06:00 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 11 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | Aug 6, 2010 | Byron York
    Obama's zealous civil rights enforcer gets busy By: Byron York Chief Political Correspondent August 6, 2010 Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division Thomas Perez addresses the Department of Justice's commemoration of the 20th Anniversary of the American with Disabilities Act on July 23, 2010 in Washington, DC. "I love this job," said Thomas Perez, the hard-charging head of the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, in a speech last December to the liberal legal group American Constitution Society. "We have a very broad, a very ambitious vision. It's a very exciting vision, and I wake up every morning with...
  • Feds rock Sachs with criminal fraud probe

    04/30/2010 3:48:15 AM PDT · by Scanian · 16 replies · 521+ views
    NY Post ^ | April 30, 2010 | MARK DeCAMBRE and TIM PERONE
    Federal prosecutors have launched a criminal fraud probe of beleaguered Wall Street powerhouse Goldman Sachs to determine if the company ripped off its customers during the subprimemortgage meltdown, it was reported last night. The Manhattan US Attorney’s Office is leading the investigation, which was sparked by a referral from the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Wall Street Journal reported on its Web site. The SEC filed a civil securities-fraud case on April 16 against Goldman, charging that the firm duped investors into buying a tanking portfolio of subprime-mortgage securities created by a client betting on them to fail. The criminal...
  • The Unbearable Whiteness of Being- the firing of Diane Humetewa, US attorney

    09/19/2009 3:17:32 PM PDT · by machogirl · 43 replies · 2,131+ views
    Expresso Pundit ^ | Sept. 10, 2009 | Greg Patterson
    I took Indian Law at ASU and one thing that surprised me was how much jurisdiction the federal government has in Indian Country--that means that the US Attorney (especially for Arizona) needs to have extensive experience in Indian Law. That's why there was widespread excitement in the ASU Indian Law Department when President Bush appointed ASU Indian Law Center graduate Diane Humetewa as US Attorney. Not only did Diane know Indian Law, but she was Native American, and some folks felt it was a nice touch to have a highly qualified native American woman working with Arizona's 23 Indian Tribes....
  • Lawmaker Tried to Block U.S. Attorney Pick

    09/19/2009 7:00:18 AM PDT · by Saije · 2 replies · 564+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 9/19/2009 | Evan Perez
    Georgia Rep. John Lewis, one of Washington's most prominent Democrats, called the White House earlier this year to try to block the appointment of a federal prosecutor who won convictions against more than a dozen public officials in Atlanta -- including former Mayor Bill Campbell, a longtime friend and ally of Mr. Lewis. After queries from The Wall Street Journal, Mr. Lewis' contacted White House Counsel Greg Craig late last month to withdraw his objections to the nomination of the prosecutor, Sally Q. Yates, for U.S. Attorney in Atlanta. Two government officials with knowledge of the matter described the calls....
  • Obama to replace U.S. Attorneys (OK for Dem Pres, Not Rep Pres)

    08/14/2009 7:59:19 AM PDT · by TexasCajun · 30 replies · 1,469+ views
    The Politico ^ | May 15, 2009 | Josh Gerstein
    President Barack Obama plans to replace a "batch" of U.S. Attorneys in the next few weeks and more prosecutors thereafter, according to Attorney General Eric Holder. "I expect that we’ll have an announcement in the next couple of weeks with regard to our first batch of U.S attorneys," Holder said Thursday during a House Judiciary Committee hearing which stretched out over most of the day due to breaks for members' votes. "One of the things that we didn’t want to do was to disrupt the continuity of the offices and pull people out of positions where we thought there might...
  • 2 Current,3 Former Fed. Prosecutors ..Finalists for Job(US Atty-DC Taylor resigned -1-day notice)

    05/31/2009 10:14:50 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 3 replies · 821+ views
    WashPost ^ | 5-29-09
    Two current and three former federal prosecutors have emerged as finalists to become the U.S. attorney for the District, according to sources familiar with the process. The current prosecutors are Channing Phillips, 51, and Roy L. Austin Jr., 39, and the former prosecutors are Anjali Chaturvedi, 40, Ronald C. Machen, 40, and Shanlon Wu, 50, said the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to discuss the selection process. The next top prosecutor is not expected to take office until this fall. Jeffrey A. Taylor, a Republican who was tapped by President George W. Bush...
  • U.S. Attorney's office tells employees not to log on to Drudge Report

    05/15/2009 1:34:30 PM PDT · by Mozilla · 29 replies · 1,518+ views
    Politico ^ | May 15, 2009 | JONATHAN MARTIN
    The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts directed employees earlier this month not to log onto the Drudge Report website with government-issued computers due to potential viruses on the site. In an e-mail message sent May 4, Paul Harvey, an information-technology official for the Boston office, wrote that security specialists with the U.S. Attorney’s Office at the Department of Justice asked them “to reformat/reimage two computers because the user visited the drudgereport.com site.” “Please avoid the Drudgereport website from the [United States Attorney’s Office] computers,” Harvey wrote. Harvey said that if employees had a “work-related reason to visit the site,” access...
  • Mary Landrieu throws her support behind Jim Letten

    04/28/2009 7:57:58 AM PDT · by BBell · 7 replies · 795+ views
    Times Picayune ^ | April 27, 2009 | Frank Donze
    Ending months of suspense and breaking with political custom, U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, the de facto leader of the state's Democratic Party, announced Monday that she has joined her Republican colleague, U.S. Sen. David Vitter, in supporting the retention of Jim Letten as U.S. attorney for Louisiana's Eastern District.She also named Orleans Parish Civil District Court Judge Michael Bagneris as her choice to fill a federal judgeship and Genevieve "Genny" May for U.S. Marshal. With both Louisiana senators now in agreement, Letten, the GOP's choice for the job eight years ago, appears to be a lock to win Senate approval...
  • Two U.S. Attorneys Signed Stipulation On Demand For Information (re Taitz lawsuit - Obama)

    03/05/2009 5:56:27 PM PST · by rxsid · 25 replies · 1,614+ views
    Defend Our Freedoms ^ | 3/5/2009 | rxsid
    "Two U.S. Attorneys Signed Stipulation On Demand For Information" http://defendourfreedoms.us/2009/03/05/two-us-attorneys-signed-stipulation-on-demand-for-information.aspx
  • Top Bush Aides to Testify in Attorneys’ Firings

    03/04/2009 9:57:05 PM PST · by anniegetyourgun · 11 replies · 636+ views
    NYTimes ^ | 3/4/09 | David Johnston
    WASHINGTON — Karl Rove and Harriet E. Miers, top former aides to President George W. Bush, will testify under oath to a House committee investigating the firings of nine United States attorneys in 2007, under an agreement announced Wednesday by the panel. The agreement settled a rancorous dispute that began in mid-2007 when the House Judiciary Committee subpoenaed Mr. Rove and Ms. Miers, who, according to e-mail messages released by the Justice Department, played a role in the firings.
  • Rove, Miers to Testify in Prosecutor Firings

    03/04/2009 4:57:50 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 27 replies · 939+ views
    AP via ABC News ^ | March 04, 2009 | By NEDRA PICKLER
    Former top Bush aides Karl Rove and Harriet Miers agreed Wednesday to testify before Congress under oath about the firings of U.S. attorneys, a controversy involving allegations of political interference that grew into a constitutional standoff between two branches of government. The Bush White House had fought attempts to force Rove and Miers to testify, and the agreement — steered by aides to President Barack Obama — ended that dispute. Both the White House and lawmakers, especially now that Democrat Obama has replaced Republican George W. Bush — were leery of having a judge settle the question about the limits...
  • Report: Feds investigating former U.S. Sen. Domenici

    02/05/2009 9:29:02 PM PST · by CedarDave · 16 replies · 1,052+ views
    The Santa Fe New Mexican ^ | February 4, 2009 | Steve Terrell
    Recently retired U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici is the focus of a federal grand jury investigation of the U.S. attorney scandal, along with several Bush White House officials, according to an online report Wednesday in TPM Muckraker. However, Domenici's attorney on Wednesday denied the retired Republican senator is at the center of the investigation. "The investigation exists, but it's not focused on Senator Domenici to the exclusion of others," Washington lawyer Lee Blalack told a reporter. According to the Muckraker report, the grand jury is investigating whether Domenici and others tried to improperly press former U.S. Attorney David Iglesias to bring...
  • Sent To US Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald and FBI Chicago...

    01/27/2009 10:12:51 AM PST · by Sorry screen name in use · 44 replies · 2,136+ views
    Orly's blog ^ | 1/27/09 | Orly
    Documents to include: - Certified copy of original long vault birth certificate - Certified copies of any and all passports and passport applications held in the U.S., Indonesia, Great Britain and Kenya. - Certified copies of any and all school applications, school registrations, grant or student loan applications or funding received for Occidental College, Columbia University, Columbia College, Harvard University - Certified copies of any U.S. Port of Entry Records - Certified copies of any documentation pertaining to Social Security. Documentation showing multiple social security numbers being held - Certified copies of documentation showing a social security number being applied...
  • (David)Iglesias to prosecute suspects at Guantanamo (NM)

    01/21/2009 2:38:47 PM PST · by greyfoxx39 · 6 replies · 325+ views
    Albuquerque Journal ^ | January 21,2009 | Staff
    New Mexico's former U.S. attorney, David Iglesias, has a new job prosecuting suspected terrorists held in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Iglesias says he's been hired as a prosecutor in the Office of Military Commissions and has been reactivated in the Navy as a captain. He is based in Washington, but says he'll make frequent trips to Cuba. Iglesias says the job is the most important work he's done in his 25 years as a lawyer
  • NJ US Attorney, Chris Christie resigns; Gov. run next?

    11/18/2008 6:32:36 PM PST · by Coleus · 21 replies · 953+ views
    ABC ^ | 11.17.08
    After six years fighting crime and sending some of the state's most well-known politicians to jail, New Jersey's corruption-fighting U.S. attorney announced Monday that he is stepping down. Christopher Christie, 46, who took office in January 2002, said his resignation was effective Dec. 1. An appointee of George W. Bush, Christie, a Republican, stood virtually no chance of keeping his job past Jan. 20, when Democrat Barack Obama is inaugurated as president. Christie has hinted at run for New Jersey governor in 2009, but has not formally declared his candidacy for the Republican nomination. Many Republicans are hoping Christie decides...
  • Obama Plans To Replace All 93 U.S. Attorneys On First Day In Office

    10/29/2008 6:40:59 PM PDT · by writer33 · 40 replies · 1,839+ views
    Elective Decisions ^ | 10/29/08 | Chris Davis
    Washington—As Senator Barack Obama, D-IL, measures the drapes in the Oval Office, one of his first reported moves is to fire and replace all 93 United States Attorneys on his first day. The decision comes from the Obama camp as it appears Senator John McCain has flamed out in the polls. With the election assured, Obama feels its time to flex his muscles and make the necessary announcements. And according to David Axelrod, Obama’s campaign strategist, “the election is over,” and it’s time to “implement change in America.”
  • The ACORN Nutcracker: Ohio U.S. Attorney to File RICO Charges Against ACORN Tomorrow

    10/13/2008 11:24:40 AM PDT · by Bill Dupray · 13 replies · 1,482+ views
    The Patriot Room ^ | October 13, 2008 | Bill Dupray
    Ace has the exclusive, with flaming skull. US ATTORNEY IN OHIO TO FILE RICO ACTION AGAINST ACORN TOMORROW MORNING Sticky; Newer Posts Follow No link. Exclusive. Someone reliable tells me this. Oh, wait. I guess I have to say it: IMPACTING HARD…
  • Mukasey: No prosecutions in Justice hiring scandal

    08/12/2008 12:46:47 PM PDT · by SmithL · 7 replies · 203+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 8/12/8 | MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press Writer
    New York (AP) -- No criminal prosecutions are planned for former Justice Department officials accused of allowing politics to influence the hiring of prosecutors, immigration judges and other career government lawyers, Attorney General Michael Mukasey said Tuesday. Mukasey used his sharpest words yet to criticize the senior leaders who took part in or failed to stop illegal hiring practices during the tenure of his predecessor, Alberto Gonzales. But, he told delegates to the American Bar Association annual meeting, "Not every wrong, or even every violation of the law, is a crime. In this instance, the two joint reports found only...
  • Commentary: Has a U.S. Attorney Knowingly Prosecuted Innocent People?

    07/15/2008 10:44:42 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 19 replies · 216+ views
    The American Lawyer ^ | July 15, 2008 | Scott Horton
    Excerpt - In March 2007 the U.S. government charged Axion Corp., a small business in Huntsville, Ala., with illegally giving technical drawings for a Blackhawk helicopter part to manufacturers in China. The prosecutors seized Axion's assets and took away its government contract business. The company won an acquittal at trial a year later, but by that time, it was out of business. Axion is the latest in a string of aggressive prosecutions brought by Birmingham U.S. Attorney Alice Martin. Those prosecutions are marked by convictions overturned and innocent men wronged. Two judges have openly questioned whether she knowingly prosecuted innocent...
  • In Defense of Karl Rove

    07/11/2008 10:47:23 AM PDT · by Raquel · 15 replies · 86+ views
    Political Blog ^ | July 11, 2008 | Raquel Okyay
    Have any of you seen Karl Rove, former Deputy Chief of Staff to President Bush, on FOX news lately? He is a clever guy, isn't he? Indeed, quite brilliant in my eyes which makes me wonder why his name has such negative connotations, especially in the more liberal newspapers like the NY or LA Times. It seems the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee is trying to obtain information from Mr. Rove concerning the firing of several U.S. Attorneys by the President. Now, the way I understand it, the President has the right to fire any U.S. attorney. (This isn't the...
  • Rove subpoenaed to testify in Congress probe

    05/22/2008 1:03:59 PM PDT · by Clint N. Suhks · 35 replies · 114+ views
    Reuters ^ | 5/22/08
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Karl Rove, who had been one of President George W. Bush's top aides, was subpoenaed on Thursday to testify before a congressional panel investigating the administration's firing of nine federal prosecutors. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee chairman John Conyers issued the subpoena after months of failed efforts to get Rove to voluntarily testify under oath. The Judiciary Committee, like its Senate counterpart, has been investigating for more than a year the administration's dismissal of nine of the nation's 93 U.S. attorneys in 2006. Despite White House claims to the contrary, critics charge the firings were politically motivated,...
  • Why is the Dept of Justice trying to bury the investigation into the $8 billion eToys Fraud

    04/29/2008 11:19:52 AM PDT · by laserhaas · 2 replies · 106+ views
    L A Times ^ | Today | Laser Haas
    Asked about the recent dismantling of a high-profile unit in the U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles that specialized in public corruption cases, an office spokesman provided what some saw as a curious justification: Eliminating the public integrity and environmental crimes section, spokesman Thom Mrozek said, would actually enhance the effort to prosecute such cases. He explained that the unit's 17 lawyers would be farmed out to other sections in the office and that those types of cases would now be handled by a larger pool of attorneys, instead of by a select few. But in interviews with The Times,...
  • Ethics Panel Rules on Domenici Call (US Attorney Flap)

    04/24/2008 4:51:43 PM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 5 replies · 56+ views
    Albuquerque Journal ^ | April 24, 2008 | John Robertson
    The Senate Ethics Committee says he should never have picked up the phone, but that it found no substantial evidence Sen. Pete Domenici tried to improperly influence an ongoing investigation when he called then-U.S. Attorney David Iglesias in October 2006. The committee made its finding in what it called a "Public Letter of Qualified Admonition" issed to the longtime Republican senator on Thursday. The ethics committee said Domenici should have known that his call "created an appearance of impropriety that reflected unfavorably on the Senate." Domenici, who plans to retire from the Senate after 36 years early next year, called...
  • MELANIE MORGAN: US Attorney Joseph Russoniello Petitioned: Prosecute Civil Rights Violators

    03/31/2008 7:26:28 PM PDT · by Syncro · 25 replies · 1,444+ views
    MelanieMorgan.Com ^ | March 31, 2008 | Melanie Morgan
    US Attorney Joseph Russoniello Petitioned: Prosecute Civil Rights Violators Written by Melanie Morgan    Monday, 31 March 2008 Breezy winds chilled the tempertures today as eight super-heated pro-troop supporters from around the Bay Area gathered in front of the United States Federal Building in San Francisco. Jim Minder, Sherry Perussina, Bryan Weldon, Kevin Graves, Catherine Moy, myself, Ryan Gill, Danny Gonzalez, Eamon and Elizabeth Kelly (and Buddy, the dog) stood in front of a podium at the fortified entrance to the US Attorney's office. (photo of Kevin Graves, Gold Star Father)Three television cameras, including Fox News Network, were on-hand to record our demand...
  • Melanie Morgan: BREAKING NEWS! (MAF Demands US Attorney Investigate Berkeley)

    03/28/2008 1:38:17 PM PDT · by Syncro · 13 replies · 1,446+ views
    MelanieMorgan.Com ^ | March 27, 2008 | Melanie Morgan
    BREAKING NEWS! Written by Melanie Morgan    Thursday, 27 March 2008 Move America Forward, the largest pro-troop grassroots organization in the country, is going on ‘offense’ in the situation involving our Military Recruiters in Berkeley, Ca. and across the United States.  It is long past time for the US government to involve itself in finding, arresting, and prosecuting those people responsible for attacking our service men and women involved in recruiting efforts to protect our country.   This Monday, we are going to the office of US Attorney Joseph Russoniello (First District of Northern California) to demand immediate action. It...
  • Indicted Puerto Rico Governor: Federal Charges Are "Lies and Falsehoods"

    03/27/2008 6:42:21 PM PDT · by rrstar96 · 18 replies · 436+ views
    El Nuevo Día (Spanish-language article) ^ | March 27, 2008 | Governor Aníbal Acevedo Vilá
    Earlier this evening, Puerto Rico Governor Aníbal Acevedo Vilá addressed the island on today's 19 indictments against him from the local U.S. Attorney's office. Acevedo is charged with several crimes, among these violation of federal campaign-financing laws, tax evasion, and filing false tax returns. The translated text of the Governor's speech follows: "These are hard and difficult times for the people of Puerto Rico. Our economy needs attention. I know your daily struggle with the increase in the cost of living and a slow economy that is affected by the increase in the price of oil and the recession in...
  • US to Drop Charge Against Ex-Prosecutor (Convertino)

    12/09/2007 2:14:33 PM PST · by CutePuppy · 2 replies · 107+ views
    AP via Google ^ | December 8, 2007 | Corey Williams
    US to Drop Charge Against Ex-Prosecutor By COREY WILLIAMS December 9, 2007 DETROIT (AP) — The Justice Department has asked a federal judge to drop the final charge against a former federal prosecutor acquitted of holding evidence from the defense in a major terrorism trial. In documents filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Detroit, the government asked that an obstruction of justice charge from a 2003 drug case be dismissed. Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Convertino had been accused of lying to a federal judge in that case. It is the last of four federal charges against Convertino, who...
  • US: Ex-Prosecutor Should Be Convicted

    10/30/2007 11:25:01 AM PDT · by CutePuppy · 3 replies · 59+ views
    AP via Google ^ | October 30, 2007 | David Runk
    US: Ex-Prosecutor Should Be Convicted By DAVID RUNK DETROIT (AP) — A former federal prosecutor and an ex-State Department investigator wanted so badly to win convictions in the nation's first major terrorism trial after the Sept. 11 attacks that they broke the law themselves, a government attorney said Tuesday. "They crossed over the line from upholding the law to violating it," Eileen Gleason told jurors in closing arguments in the case against Richard Convertino and Harry Smith III. The two have pleaded not guilty to charges of obstruction of justice, making false declarations before a court and conspiracy. The defense...
  • Gonzales could be prosecuted, McKay says (Disgruntled Ex-U.S. Attorney)

    10/21/2007 9:20:27 PM PDT · by nj26 · 25 replies · 86+ views
    Spokane Spokesman-Review ^ | October 20, 2007 | Bill Morlin
    The U.S. Inspector General may recommend criminal prosecution of departed Attorney General Alberto Gonzales at the conclusion of an investigation, possibly as early as next month, the fired former U.S. attorney for Western Washington told a Spokane audience Friday.... McKay said he was summoned to Washington, D.C., in June and questioned for eight hours about possible reasons for his firing by investigators with the Office of Inspector General, who will forward their final report to Congress. “My best guess is it will be released sometime next month,’’ and likely will include recommendations for criminal prosecutions of Gonzales and maybe others,...
  • US attorney 'sought sex with five-year-old girl'(Florida)

    09/18/2007 11:17:30 AM PDT · by SubGeniusX · 180 replies · 5,019+ views
    news.au.com ^ | September 18, 2007 | by Staff Writers
    AN assistant US attorney from Florida has been arrested for allegedly flying to Michigan to have sex with a five-year-old girl. John D.R. Atchison, 53, was arrested after he participated in internet conversatons with a detective posing as a mother who was interested in letting men have sex with her young daughter, Associated Press reported. According to court documents, Atchison initiated the online chat on August 29. His correspondence with the detective lasted several weeks. At one point, Atchison allegedly said: "I'm always gentle and loving; not to worry; no damage ever; no rough stuff ever ever". He has been...
  • Open letter to Sen. Patrick Leahy [Re: apparent U.S. Attorney intimidation]

    07/27/2007 2:18:47 PM PDT · by cll · 4 replies · 823+ views
    Caribbean Business ^ | 7/26/2007 | Carlos Romero-Barcelo
    Open letter to Sen. Patrick Leahy By Carlos Romero Barceló Dear Sen. Leahy: Ever since your first two years as senator and my last two years as mayor of San Juan (1975 & 1976), you have been one of the most supportive senators and best friends the city of San Juan and all of Puerto Rico have had in the U.S. Senate for the past 32-and-a-half years. I cannot recall a single instance when, as mayor of San Juan, or as governor of Puerto Rico—from January 1977 until January 1985—I called upon you for support on some issue important to...
  • Gonzales pressed ailing Ashcroft on domestic spying plan, official testifies

    05/15/2007 3:00:51 PM PDT · by James W. Fannin · 20 replies · 1,583+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | Tuesday, May 15 2007 | David Stout
    WASHINGTON: On the night of March 10, 2004, a high-ranking Justice Department official rushed to a Washington hospital to prevent two White House aides from taking advantage of the critically ill Attorney General, John Ashcroft, the official testified on Tuesday. One of those aides was Alberto Gonzales, who was then White House counsel and eventually succeeded Ashcroft as Attorney General. "I was very upset," said James Comey, who was deputy Attorney General at the time, in his testimony Tuesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee. "I was angry. I thought I had just witnessed an effort to take advantage of a...
  • Rove attended meeting where witness on prosecutor firings coached

    05/05/2007 8:02:12 PM PDT · by CutePuppy · 45 replies · 1,407+ views
    AP ^ | May 4, 2007 | Laurie Kellman
    Rove Saw Coaching of Prosecutor Witness WASHINGTON (AP) -- A senior Justice Department official who testified about performance shortcomings of several fired U.S. attorneys has told congressional investigators he was coached the day before at a White House meeting attended by political adviser Karl Rove. The witness, Associate Deputy Attorney General William Moschella, said he was urged during the dinner hour meeting on March 5 to publicly specify reasons for the dismissals, according to a transcript of the investigators' April 24 interview with him. Until the March 6 hearing before a House Judiciary subcommittee, Justice Department officials had said publicly...
  • Arkansas - U.S. prosecutor demoted over bullying e-mail

    05/01/2007 7:34:52 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 4 replies · 592+ views
    Arkansas Leader (excerpt) ^ | May 1, 2007 | GARRICK FELDMAN
    Excerpt - A deputy prosecutor in the U.S. attorney’s office in Little Rock has fantasies about owning this newspaper. Robert Govar of Lonoke — formerly chief of the criminal division in the U.S. attorney’s office in Little Rock who’s now been demoted — threatened to sue me last week over a column I wrote about him and his buddy Jay Campbell, the crooked cop who was sentenced to 40 years in prison, along with his wife Kelly, who received a 20-year sentence. The deputy prosecutor fired off an hysterical e-mail from his office, predicting he would win a $50 million...
  • Dismissed U.S. attorney began Renzi probe

    04/21/2007 3:54:42 PM PDT · by InsNerd · 36 replies · 1,049+ views
    United Press International ^ | April 21 2007 | (UPI)
    Dismissed U.S. attorney began Renzi probe FLAGSTAFF, Ariz., April 21 (UPI) -- A federal investigation into an Arizona congressman could put more pressure on the Bush administration in the flap over dismissed U.S. attorneys. Paul Charlton, who began the investigation into Republican Rep. Rick Renzi, was one of the eight federal prosecutors fired, The Wall Street Journal reported.
  • Gonzales Seeks GOP Support, Gets Little

    04/20/2007 11:35:04 PM PDT · by do the dhue · 52 replies · 895+ views
    nypost.com ^ | 4/20/07 | DAVID ESPO
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Desperate for support among fellow Republicans, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales faced grim prospects Friday after a bruising Senate hearing that produced one outright call for resignation and a fistful of invitations and hints to quit. One GOP member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, John Cornyn of Texas, predicted Gonzales would weather the furor and said he should. "Frankly, I don't think the Democrats are going to be satisfied with the resignation by Al Gonzales," he said. Gonzales gave no indication Friday that he was leaving. "Please know that as you continue your work, I am by your...
  • White House Renews Gonzales Backing

    04/20/2007 6:36:23 PM PDT · by shrinkermd · 18 replies · 563+ views
    Examiner Minneapolis ^ | 20 April 2007 | LAURIE KELLMAN, AP
    ...Gonzales had gone to Capitol Hill Thursday with just one mission: to placate Republican and Democratic senators dissatisfied with his account of how eight federal prosecutors were fired. Apparently, he failed. For the first time, Republicans on the Judiciary Committee broke ranks and said it might be best if Gonzales stepped down. "It is generous to say the attorney general's communications about this matter have been inconsistent," Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., told Gonzales in a packed hearing room Thursday. "The consequence should be the resignation of the attorney general." Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., said in an interview after the hearing,...
  • Alberto Gonzales’s Disastrous Day

    04/20/2007 7:44:05 AM PDT · by AntiGuv · 66 replies · 2,105+ views
    The National Review ^ | April 20, 2007 | Byron York
    Judging by his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday, there are three questions about the U.S. attorneys mess that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales wants answered: What did I know? When did I know it? And why did I fire those U.S. attorneys? As the day dragged on, it became clear — painfully clear to anyone who supports Gonzales — that the attorney general didn’t know the answers. Much of the time, he explained, he didn’t really know much at all — he was just doing what his senior staff recommended he do. Gonzales began the day with an apology....
  • (Sen. Tom) Coburn Calls for Gonzales' Resignation

    04/19/2007 2:34:41 PM PDT · by Alter Kaker · 151 replies · 3,837+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 19 April 2007 | Lara Jakes Jordan
    WASHINGTON - Attorney General Alberto Gonzales confronted a fresh call for his resignation from a fellow Republican Thursday as he struggled to survive a bipartisan Senate challenge to his credibility in the case of eight fired prosecutors. Gonzales told the Oklahoma Republican he disagreed, and said he didn‘t think resigning would put the controversy to rest. Gonzales sat alone at the witness table in a crowded hearing room for the widely anticipated hearing. There was no doubt about the stakes involved for a member of President Bush ‘s inner circle, under pressure to resign since the dismissals of the prosecutors....
  • Navarrette: Will Gonzales get a fair hearing?

    04/19/2007 8:56:45 AM PDT · by 2dogjoe · 22 replies · 598+ views
    CNN ^ | April 19, 2007 | Ruben Navarrette Jr.
    Navarrette: Will Gonzales get a fair hearing? By Ruben Navarrette Jr. Special to CNN SAN DIEGO, California (CNN) -- Details, details. The critics of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales are absolutely sure of his guilt in the matter of the fired U.S. attorneys. They're just not sure what he's guilty of. Well, they had better figure it out fast. Gonzales testifies Thursday before the Senate Judiciary Committee. In an op-ed Sunday for The Washington Post, Gonzales admitted that he had "created confusion" with recent statements about the firings but insisted, "nothing improper occurred." He wrote that he directed his former deputy...
  • Senate Judiciary *LIVE* Hearing - AG Gonzales on Dismissal of U.S. Attorneys [9:30 ET/CSPAN 3]

    04/19/2007 6:25:53 AM PDT · by TomGuy · 284 replies · 22,810+ views
    FROM THE SENATEDismissal of U.S. Attorneys Atty. Gen. Alberto Gonzales testifies before a Judiciary Cmte. hearing on the recent firing of eight U.S. Attorneys. Critics have questioned the motivation for the firing and the Atty. Gen.'s role in the process. The original hearing, scheduled for Tuesday, was post-poned because of the Virginia Tech University shootings. Thursday, 9:30 a.m. ET. CSPAN 3
  • White House tells GOP not to release e-mails

    04/18/2007 1:01:47 PM PDT · by SmithL · 34 replies · 975+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 4/18/7 | Margaret Talev
    Bush lawyers want to review messages on firings before Congress gets them. WASHINGTON -- President Bush's lawyers told the Republican National Committee on Tuesday not to turn over to Congress any e-mails related to the firings last year of eight U.S. attorneys before showing them to the White House.Democrats and Republican critics of the administration said the move suggests the White House is seeking to develop a strategy to block the release of the nongovernmental e-mails to congressional investigators by arguing that they're covered by executive privilege and not subject to review.Scott Stanzel, deputy White House press secretary, said the...