Saturday, February 17, 2007

Do Prosecutors Need to be Governed By Ethics Rules?

Law.com reports on an bar investigation being conducted against a former Assistant United States Attorney.  The essence of the bar complaint relates to alleged "misconduct in a witness payment scandal."  But what really raises concerns here is that " [t]he Justice Department completed its investigation of [the former AUSA] in February 1998, but did not refer its findings to the D.C. Bar Counsel until October 2002. "  One has to wonder what happened here and why DOJ failed to apprise the disciplinary committee during this period of time.  Did they find no misconduct, or did they fail to report misconduct that they found?

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