Thursday, September 10, 2009

Prosecutorial Misconduct and Assistant U.S. Attorneys

U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald of the Northern District of Illinois is admired for his integrity and independence. He gained recent national fame in the Valarie Plame CIA Leak Affair. Fitzgerald (pictured) has served almost eight years as U.S. Attorney and the Obama Administration indicates they're keeping him on board.

It's a surprise the Rove Republican Racket didn't fire him especially after Fitzgerald indicted Vice President Dick Cheney's Chief of Staff for lying.

Now, sadly, comes revelations that a prosecutor in Fitzgerald's office engaged in prosecutorial misconduct.

The Chicago Tribune wrote recently:

"A federal judge has found that a prosecutor in U.S. Atty. Patrick Fitzgerald's office committed prosecutorial misconduct by allowing a government witness to testify falsely in a drug conspiracy trial that resulted in the convictions of four defendants in March. In a 27-page ruling issued Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Joan Lefkow ordered a new trial for the four on some counts, including the key conspiracy charge. But she refused to dismiss multiple other counts, meaning each faces sentencing for those convictions."

What does this REALLY show?

It shows the Rove Republican Racket has left many subordinates in positions of power: Assistant U.S. Attorneys who totally disregard good ethics, temperance, and fairness.

The Obama Administration is cleaning house at the top of each U.S. Attorney Office. Maybe it's time Eric Holder and friends take an intricate look at the transgressions of subordinates and Assistant U.S. Attorneys who appear to be more wicked than their Bush-appointed bosses.