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02/17/2004 Archived Entry: "Fed prosecutor sues the Ashcroft Justice Department"

THE NOTE THAT CAME WITH THIS LINK SAID "Reminds me of Spy vs Spy in Mad magazine." And ain't that the truth, TC? Seems a federal prosecutor in Detroit has just filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the Ashcroft Justice Department. The prosecutor, Richard Convertino, won a big case against an alleged terrorist "sleeper cell." Then he had to watch as his victory began to collapse. Seems the JD had neglected to tell anybody it had evidence the case was based on a made-up story. When he protested the JD's "gross mismanagement," they apparently retaliated by outing one of his informants -- who then had to flee the country.

A dirty -- but fascinating -- business all around. Sure shows the fragility & instability that's increasingly typical of court cases in these various "wars on this and that." How often these days do criminal prosecutions rely on misperception, wishful thinking, exaggeration, and dirty tricks for their "success"?

Posted by Claire @ 11:36 AM CST

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