Thursday, July 2, 2009

More prosecutorial misconduct

After seeing two cases in less than three months where the Department of Justice asked the court to dismiss indictments after allegations that its lawyers violated rules requiring disclosure of information to the defense, a federal judge (Emmet Sullivan) sharply questioned Justice Department lawyers about whether they are in violation of the D.C. Rules of Professional Conduct by making false statements to the court or failing to correct false statements.

In both cases the Justice Department was accused of withholding evidence and making false statements to the court. The latest allegation comes in the conspiracy cases against businessman Zhenli Ye Gon, accused in an international drug trafficking scheme.

For more on this story go here and here.

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