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July 20, 2011

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Joe

Aren't defense attorneys doing their job in that instance? They're trying to win for their clients. If the defense fits, why not wear it?

Darren M. Meade

Mr. Breur:

Seems to forget that it is the DOJ who continually makes sealed plea deals with convicted felons in exchange for remaining free on 'supervised released'.

These same felons go onto create new criminal enterprises that the DOJ refuses to investigate, because the 'supervised released' felon is needed to continue to testify against co-conspirators.

That being said, how is that not misconduct once the defense attorneys become aware that the key witness against their client is continuing to create new criminals enterprises and victims while on release?

Mary

Along with not bringing up the Clemens case, how about not bringing up the Drake and Sterling cases and a guy named Welch? Or pretty much any of the GITMO cases. Or the rather substantive "Errata" filing in the Stevens v. US case, etc.

For that matter, in the end, a huge chunk of it all comes down to what kind of integrity can anyone attach to a Department that has offered itself up for the better part of a decade now as nothing more than a vehicle for protecting and praising Executive branch "authorized" torture and preventing people who were sold to the US or snatched under name confusion etc. to ever be able to have any kind of justice.

The problem is a redefinition of prosecutorial error to exclude any actions that were helpful to running out statutes of limitations and covering up for executive branch and DOJ authorized violence against the helpless and the disappeared.

Jim Coleman

I think the quote should be, "not to win cases, but to do justice." And he should deliver the message to a gathering of defense lawyers, if he thinks their condcut is the problem. Making the remarks to an audience of prosecutors suggests the remarks are intended to make the prosecutors feel better about themselves, rather than to change the behavior about which he is complaining.

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