Saturday, April 11, 2009

Federal prosecutorial misconduct

In a strongly worded, 50-page opinion (available here), U.S. District Judge Alan S. Gold has reprimanded federal prosecutors and ordered the U.S. government to pay a defendant more than $600,000, saying members of the defendant's legal team had been secretly recorded in a questionable witness-tampering investigation. The judge also criticized the prosecutors for failing turned over to the defense the information and for not informing the fact that two witnesses were cooperating with the government. The judge stated that these events "are profoundly disturbing'' and that they "raise troubling issues about the integrity of those who wield enormous power over the people they prosecute.''

Full story here.

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