Kevin Cullen’s column today is on target with the proportionality and humanity themes regarding the the U.S. Attorneys office and the prosecution/suicide of Aaron Swartz.
Right now an on-line White House petition to fire Carmen Ortiz has more than the 25,000 signatures required for the President’s people to take a look at it.
Isn’t that the problem? Find a scape goat for institutional abuses combined with bureaucratic/personal self-interests that have been allowed to fester and strengthen over years?
This isn’t about Carmen Ortiz. She’s a political appointee who will be gone in a few years. Think about it. She’s in an office of career federal prosecutors and F.B.I agents.
Carmen got her teeth sharpened at the Middlesex County District Attorneys Office. The world champions of unreasonableness have been groomed there for years. Don’t get me started. (Not a knock against Gerry Leone, he’s a paradox. One of the most reasonable guys out there, but the Middlesex D.A.’s office’s reputation goes back decades, well before Gerry arrived on the scene)
But here in Boston there seems to be all sorts of shananigans going on.
The Tewksbury motel land grab
The ridiculous legal theory behind the John O’Brien indictments
The perjury case against Tom Finneran. A reading of the full deposition needs to be examined to see the extent of Finneran’s perjury. Harvey Silverglate says he was railroaded.
The reversal in positions regarding former federal prosecutors serving as judges for Whitey Bulger related cases.
THis is just the stuff off the top of my head but there are many everyday things that do not make the paper that are also outrageous.
The questions needed to be answered are:
Has the Boston Office of the U.S. Attorneys Office and individuals within that office acted unethically and/or illegally by allowing political and other unethical factors weigh in it’s prosecutorial decisions?
Has that Office and individuals within that Office committed unethical and/or illegal acts in pursuit of these prosecutions?
Congressman Capuano and Lynch should call for congressional hearings, as should Senator Warren.
The White House should appoint an independent investigator with subpoena powers to investigate the Boston branch of the Justice Department for unethical overreaching and such things.
None of this Justice Department Office of Professional Responsibility crap.
Update David is right on with Chuck Turner. Put a few c-notes in your palm and shake hands with Chuck Turner. WTF?