Monday, January 18, 2010

Scandal as Disgraced U.S. Attorney Exits

U.S. Attorney Jim H. Greenlee of the Northern District of Mississippi (pictured), a pillar of the Rove Republican Racket, will be retiring according to the Main Justice news website.

In September, we called on this disgraceful character to resign or be fired amid the revelation that after 9/11, Greenlee conducted an investigation of convenience store owners with Islamic-sounding names. There were no links whatsoever to terrorism and no one was ever prosecuted for acts of terrorism.

In other words, this backwards Mississippi prosecutor went after "colored" folks just for the hell of it. To justify his broad investigation, Greenlee busted a few convenience store owners for selling too much Sudafed.

But Greenlee is surrounded by scandal.  Main Justice writes:
Greenlee’s departure has been rumored for months, amid various reports that made his Oxford-based office seem something of a soap opera.

The latest: Mississippi journalist Patsy Brumfield reports that an FBI agent who was indicted last week for failing to disclose a personal financial interest in the FBI building in Oxford had sought whistle blower status a couple of years ago after reporting concerns that Greenlee’s office had improperly targeted area Muslims for investigation after the 9/11 attacks.

The so-called Convenience Store Initiative didn’t find any terrorist links, but prosecutors did end up charging some 60 people with selling excessive amounts of pseudoephedrine, used to make methamphetamine, an illegal drug.

The agent, Hal Neilson, also reportedly raised ethics concerns about a book that a former Assistant U.S. Attorney in the district, Tom Dawson, wrote about his prosecution of billionaire Mississippi trial lawyer Richard “Dickie” Scruggs in a judicial bribery scandal, Brumfield wrote.
The limited comments on the conflict, scandal, and retaliation between Neilson and Greenlee are just the tip of the iceberg as this Titanic sinks.