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July 19, 2010

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Sam

Mr. Bloch was not charged with wrongful acts based on the deletion of the computer files, but with making incomplete answers to questions by investigators. It really isn't clear that he did anything wrong at all. The price of a good defense is very, very expensive, and it sounds like Mr. Bloch is making a financial decision in making the plea to a misdemeanor charge. I wonder how much of our tax money was used up in the prosecution of this "major criminal" by our "Justice" Department (a la Martha Stewart).

Charles Craft

Does irony come any cheaper?
http://bcounsel.com/scottbloch.aspx

Simon

Well, another possibility is that the government had no case. Like most people who are targeted by these unending investigations, Bloch is probably just about broke and under pressure from his lawyers to resolve a case for which he can't pay fees. So he pled guilty to misdemeanor "contempt of Congress" based on incomplete responses to congressional questioning. That's a joke of a charge. If prosecutors with nearly unlimited resources can't come up with something more substantive than that after multiple years of work, they should have the integrity to drop the charges. I'd bet there's no real evidence that this guy did anything wrong.

Vicki Malia

What about his ethical duties as a lawyer? Is his state bar aware of these charges?

As we all know, lawyers get disciplined (and sometimes very severely) for inadvertent mistakes. I can't imagine a state bar being sympathetic to a litigator who, knowing there's an on-going federal investigation, hires an outside firm to intentionally wipe out the computer files of his own and other top-level officials' computers.

How very interesting that this egregious instance of "spoliation of evidence" was sanitized into the seemingly harmless "witholding information" from Congress.

Edie Hunt

I get disgusted with "INSIDERS" expecting only a slap on the wrist for committing crimes for which we ordinary citizens would receive jail time. Furthermore, having the prosecution team, paid for with our taxes, "go along with" leniency is a perversion of the justice system. Please make it clear to this defendant that his crime/s will not go unpunished.

BEB

Why would a law firm hire a guy like this? What a role model for associates and clients. Hi, "we just hired an attorney who is discriminatory, retaliatory, and destructive to files. How would you like him to represent you?"

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