HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » Forums & Groups » Main » General Discussion (Forum) » Harry Litman: The Justice...

Tue Feb 11, 2020, 08:13 PM

Harry Litman: The Justice Department's reputation is on life support

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/02/11/justice-departments-reputation-is-life-support/

By Harry Litman
Contributing columnist

Feb. 11, 2020 at 7:52 p.m. EST

The withdrawal of all four career prosecutors handling the case against Roger Stone, in the wake of the Justice Department’s sentencing shift, underscores that Attorney General William P. Barr’s department has effectively gone rogue.

Prosecutors Aaron Zelinsky, Adam Jed and Michael Marando all sought permission Tuesday to leave the case. A fourth, Jonathan Kravis, has fully resigned his job as an assistant U.S. attorney. These actions threaten to throw the Justice Department into existential crisis.

None of the prosecutors gave a reason for their actions, but their exits followed the announcement Tuesday morning that the department would reduce its sentencing recommendation for Stone, a confidant of President Trump. That news itself came hours after Trump tweeted that Stone’s sentence was “horrible and very unfair.”

Resignation is the strongest possible protest that prosecutors can employ, within professional bounds, against improper conduct by their leadership. The president’s tweet and the department’s reduction of Stone’s sentencing were utterly rank and improper. The action runs counter not only to standard practice but also to the standard that the Justice Department is supposed to embody: the administration of justice without fear or favor.

</snip>

4 replies, 650 views

Reply to this thread

Back to top Alert abuse

Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
Arrow 4 replies Author Time Post
Reply Harry Litman: The Justice Department's reputation is on life support (Original post)
Dennis Donovan Tuesday OP
Iliyah Tuesday #1
spooky3 Tuesday #2
spanone Tuesday #3
winstars Tuesday #4

Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Tue Feb 11, 2020, 08:14 PM

1. One can only hope . . .

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Tue Feb 11, 2020, 08:15 PM

2. Not the department - its MANAGEMENT is the problem. nt

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Tue Feb 11, 2020, 08:53 PM

3. and what happens if it dies?

will congress be moved?

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Tue Feb 11, 2020, 09:14 PM

4. Justice Handed Over to Dictatorship....

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink

Reply to this thread