Thursday, March 17, 2005

Federal prosecutor sues John Ashcroft


Yes, the CNN piece, excerpt below, is more than a year old, but it shows how the system works, or should I say doesn’t work, in a big way.


The lawsuit by Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Convertino is the latest twist in the Bush administration's first major post-September 11 terrorism prosecution, a Detroit case jeopardized over allegations of prosecutorial misconduct.

Convertino was the lead prosecutor on the case, in which the government did not provide defense attorneys a letter alleging that a prosecution witness lied until long after a trial had ended.

In his lawsuit, Convertino says the Justice Department is retaliating against him because he has complained frequently and publicly about "the lack of support and cooperation, lack of effective assistance, lack of resources and intradepartmental infighting" in terrorism cases.

More from the CNN piece


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