Sunday, February 10, 2008
Ben Kuehne's Indictment (see here) is not signed by the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida. For the most part, the signatures are from folks at the Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section. The Southern District of Florida Blog discusses that this indictment comes from D.C.. The Miami Herald reports that "The Kuehne investigation was handled in Washington to avoid a conflict of interest in the U.S. attorney's office in South Florida." But did this DC office investigate the individual charged? Does the fact that 50 lawyers showed up to support Kuehne (see here) mean anything? And did the fact that this top criminal defense attorney (see here) who represented former Vice-President Al Gore make a difference in the DC office bringing this indictment? Clearly the government will say "no" to this last question. But one does have to wonder who has the conflict here?
Several items still baffle this blogger -
- Why did the government select to proceed criminally here? Do they really want opinion letters to be considered an indictable offense? Will they be proceeding criminally against government individuals who gave opinions on matters that might be considered illegal?
- If the government knows the source of the funds is improper because of their "undercover operation" would it not be logical that the defense attorney could not know the source of these funds - after all it would mean that the government undercover operation was not working effectively.