Thursday, June 4, 2009

Holy Carp! Couldn't the Bush DOJ Get ANYTHING Right?

Shades of Ted Stevens!

It seems that George W. Bush version of the United States Department of Justice did it again.

This afternoon, the U.S. Justice Department asked that two former Alaska state legislators, Pete Kott and Vic Kohring, currently cooling their heels in prison after their in 2007 convictions in public corruption cases, now be released!

The current DOJ is saying that their trials were tainted by the "failure of prosecutors to disclose favorable information." Information favorable to the defense, that is.

The request didn't disclose the nature of the "information," but whatever it is, U.S. Attorney Gerneral Eric Holder didn't like it. Holder said, in part:
"Department of Justice prosecutors work hard every day and perform a great service for the American people. But the Department's mission is to do justice, not just win cases, and when we make mistakes, it is our duty to admit and correct those mistakes. We are committed to doing that."
The request doesn't ask to set aside their convictions, as in the case of former Senator Ted Stevens, but asks that Kott and Kohring be set free while their cases are sent back to U.S. District Court for judicial review.

Once again, Eric Holder demonstrates a high standard of adhering to the rule of law... and

The Bush Legacy™ continues.


Matt Osborne said...

Now if only Holder would fire Alice Martin and motion the court to let Don Siegelman go...

Wolfe Tone said...

I agree completely.
I'm pretty sure there will be a retrial here, with very possibly the same result. At least in Vic Kohring's case.
Whatever "information" was withheld, it'll be hard for the defense to overcome a video of Vic accepting cash!

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