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Tag: Justice Department

Loss of Fed Tax Prosecutors Slows Crackdown on Offshore Bank Accounts

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Something doesn’t seem right here.

Bloomberg news reporst that the Justice Department has lost almost 30 percent of its tax prosecutors in the past month.

Bloomberg reported that the loss is slowing down the U.S. crackdown on offshore banks and tax evasion.

“To move one-third of these people from that effort will significantly compromise such enforcement at the very time it is needed to deal with the huge amounts of offshore cases coming to the tax division,” Nathan Hochman, a former assistant attorney general who oversaw the tax division under President George W. Bush, told Bloomberg.

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Column: Stevens Case Shows that Prosecutors Need Supervision

Ex-Sen. Ted Stevens/campaign photo

Michael Carey is the former editorial page editor of the Anchorage Daily News and the host of the weekly public affairs show “Alaska Edition” for Alaska Public Television.

 By Michael Carey
Los Angeles Times

ANCHORAGE — As his trial on corruption charges approached in the fall of 2008, Ted Stevens railed to me in an email: “What did I do, Michael? What did I do?” The wounded rage smoldering in that rhetorical question to a reporter reflected his belief that he had done nothing wrong. He continued to insist on his innocence after aWashington, D.C., jury found him guilty of lying on financial disclosure forms.

Stevens’ conviction was dismissed in 2009 after the Justice Department’s admission that government lawyers failed to turn over evidence the Stevens defense should have received. U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan, who presided over Stevens’ trial, soon authorized an investigation of the prosecutors’ conduct, a move as rare as the trial of a U.S. senator.

Last week, the judge’s investigator, Special Counsel Henry F. Schuelke, issued his findings, which Stevens will never read. He died in a 2010 airplane accident.

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New Orleans Fed Prosecutor Resigns in Midst of Scandal Over Anonymous Postings

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

An assistant U.S. Attorney  in New Orleans who posted remarks under an alias on a comment section of the local paper about federal judges, local and national politicians and cases being handled by his office,  resigned on Tuesday, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

The paper, in an editorial, wrote that “Sal Perricone’s resignation was warranted and necessary to let U.S. Attorney Jim Letten’s office begin repairing the damage caused by Mr. Perricone’s actions. Mr. Perricone showed an astounding lack of professionalism and common sense by posting inappropriate comments online about people under federal investigation, judges, elected officials and others. His resignation couldn’t have come soon enough.”

The Justice Department is reviewing the matter in which he used the alias “Henry L. Mencken1951” to post comments on the Times-Picayune website.

News reports have suggested he used other aliases as well, the editorial noted.

“A particularly disturbing comment by ‘campstblue’ regarding then-Mayor Ray Nagin warrants special attention from investigators,” the editorial page noted. “On June 1, 2009, “campstblue” wrote: ‘For all of you who have a penchant for firearms and how they work, Ray Nagin lives on Park Island.'”

 

Feds to Probe Shooting of Unarmed Fla. Teen

Trayvon Martin/family photo-nbc miami

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department has decided to step into the controversial shooting of an unarmed black teen in Florida.

The Associated Press reported that the feds will launch a probe into last month’s shooting in Sanford, Fla., by a neighborhood watch captain George Zimmeran, 28, of Trayvon Martin, 17. Zimmerman is white and Martin is black.

Zimmerman has claimed the shooting was in self defense.

 

Justice Dept. Agrees to Pay $140,000 to Fla Man After Prosecutors Withheld Evidence

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Unfortunately, this is not an isolated case.

Florida Today reports that the Justice Department has agreed to pay about $140,000 to a Florida man who was released from jail after three years when the government admitted prosecutorial misconduct.

The paper reported that the prosecutors hid evidence that could have set Nino Lyons free.

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Santorum Accuses Obama Admin. Of Being Too Lax About Cracking Down on Porn

Rick Santorum/gov photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Rick Santorum, who has marketed himself as the conservative Republican candidate who can defeat the liberal Barack Obama, is complaining the Obama Justice Department isn’t doing enough to crackdown on pornography.

The Christian Post reports that Santorum had said on his campaign website that President Obama favored pornographers over children.

On CNN on Sunday, he remarked:

“The proof is in the prosecution. In the Bush administration, pornographers were prosecuted much more rigorously than they are … under the Obama administration. … They have not put a priority on prosecuting these cases and in doing so they are exposing children to a tremendous amount of harm, and … putting children at risk as a result of that.”

 

Feds Charge New Orleans Man in 5 Murders Including an Off-Duty Cop

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A fed jury on Thursday issued a superseding indictment charging a New Orleans man with the murder of five people, one of whom was an off-duty New Orleans cop.

Steven Earl Hardrick, 27, was charged with violations of the federal controlled substances act and federal firearms laws, carjacking, witness tampering and murder.

The superseding indictment alleges that Hardrick allegedly carried out the Oct. 1, 2007, murder of Dwayne Landry; the Oct. 13, 2007, home invasion, shooting and killing of off-duty New Orleans Police Officer Thelonius Dukes; and the Oct. 24, 2007, carjacking and murder of Brett Jacobs, David Alford and Howard Pickens, the Justice Department said.

 

Report: Prosecutors Concealed Evidence in Ted Stevens Prosecution

 

Sen. Ted. Stevens

 
By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The conclusion in an independent report released Thursday on the bungled prosecution of the late Sen. Ted Steven is anything but surprising: The Prosecution screwed up big time.

Talking Points Memo’s Ryan J. Reilly reports that the voluminous report concludes that the Justice Department prosecutors engaged in “systematic concealment” of information that would have helped the defense.

Stevens was convicted of public corruption, but the Justice Department later admitted that the prosecution withheld info from the defense and a judge vacated the conviction. The indictment and conviction probably cost Stevens a re-election.

TPM writes that the report does not recommend prosecuting any Justice Dept. lawyers.

“It should go without saying that neither Judge Sullivan, nor any District Judge, should have to order the Government to comply with its constitutional obligations, let alone that he should feel compelled to craft such an order with a view toward a criminal contempt prosecution, anticipating its willful violation,” the report states, according to TPM.

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