Wednesday, March 21, 2018

I'd Rather Be In Philadelphia

The Washington Times reported on a 2011 controversy involving the latest attorney brought into defend the Mueller probe

Prominent D.C. lawyer Joseph E. diGenova has billed himself as a battle-tested former prosecutor who, as the U.S. attorney in the nation’s capital, supervised the high-profile prosecution of John W. Hinckley Jr., who tried to kill President Reagan.

But Mr. diGenova had no role in the prosecution or the trial, according to court records and those who did prosecute the case. Although Hinckley was listed on his law firm biography for 10 years as one of his biggest cases as U.S. attorney, he wasn’t the U.S. attorney when the case was tried. He was named to the post 17 months after the case ended.

“Mr. diGenova played no role in the trial and did not supervise the case,” said Washington lawyer Roger M. Adelman, lead prosecutor who began working on the Hinckley case right after Reagan was shot on March 30, 1981, outside the Washington Hilton Hotel.

 Mr. Adelman asked Mr. diGenova this year to change his biography, which said that as the U.S. attorney in Washington from 1983 to 1988 he “supervised the prosecution of attempted presidential assassin, John W. Hinckley.” The biography now says he was the “principal assistant U.S. attorney” during the Hinckley prosecution.

But the change did not satisfy Marc B. Tucker, another member of the Hinckley prosecution team and now a lawyer in private practice. He said he was “enraged” by the original biography and that he had “never seen anything quite like this.” He said the revised version “still implies” that Mr. diGenova had a role in the case.

The same source noted that a complaint concerning this conduct was filed with the D.C. Bar Counsel, where it presumably was deposited in a circular file.

Disclosure: Roger Adelman was a friend for whom I had great admiration.

Roger was, among other things, a huge Phillies fan. He invited me to an NCLS game in Philly and was going to drive us up there in his signature Caddy. I begged off and gave away the ticket when the plans changed and he decided to take the train.

I missed Roy Halladay's no-hitter. (Mike Frisch)

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