Updated 11:35 a.m.
Prosecutors in Washington today apologized for what the government called an "oversight" in the case against a local defense lawyer charged with trying to dupe jurors in a drug case.
The prosecutors handling the case against Charles Daum, a long-time defense lawyer in Washington, blamed an inadvertent omission for holding onto witness evidence for as long as the government did. Lawyers for Daum and two defense investigators today asked a federal trial judge to dismiss the case or issue sanctions.
A Justice Department trial lawyer, Donnell Turner, said in a court filing this afternoon that the prosecution has always maintained it would turn over exculpatory information as soon as the government learned about it.
“The government failed (mistakenly, but not in bad faith) to adhere to those policies, and it regrets that failure,” Turner said. “Nonetheless, the government’s deviation from its own internal policies does not give rise to legal remedies for the defense.”