Earlier this month we posted a story about prosecutorial misconduct by an Assistant U.S. Attorney who works under respected U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald of Chicago.
Now it looks like Fitzgerald's office is defending their own, claiming in a new filing that "no finding of misconduct is justified" and that the witness who allegedly lied was being "truthful, but inaccurate."
Federal prosecutors in Chicago have asked a judge to reconsider her ruling last month that four convicted drug traffickers deserve a new trial because prosecutors engaged in misconduct. The prosecutors from U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald's office on Sept. 18 filed a motion for reconsideration in the case, telling U.S. District Judge Joan Lefkow that the government witness who she determined gave false testimony at the trial actually "was truthful, but inaccurate." When taking into account additional evidence not cited in Lefkow's decision and viewing the case as a whole, no finding of misconduct is justified, the prosecutors argued.
How many times have federal prosecutors been "truthful, but inaccurate" when they go after innocent victims who eventually plead out?
How many members of the Rove Republican Racket created "truthful, but inaccurate" accusations against prominent Democrats in an attempt to silence their political activism?
"Truthful, but inaccurate" is lawyerspeak for justifying a lie or falsehood and prosecutorial misconduct. A lie is a lie is a lie.
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