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pinto Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 01:49 PM
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John Durham, federal prosecutor, reported to be Special Prosecutor, brief Wikipedia profile:
Edited on Mon Aug-24-09 01:50 PM by pinto
Cable news is saying this is the Special Prosecutor being appointed by Attorney General Holder ~ pinto

John Durham is a federal prosecutor. He is probably best known for leading an inquiry into allegations that FBI agents and Boston police had ties with the mob.<1>

In January 2008, he was appointed to lead the U.S. Justice Department criminal investigation into the 2005 CIA interrogation tapes destruction.<2><3>

In December 2000, Durham revealed secret FBI documents that convinced a judge to toss out the 1968 murder convictions of Enrico Tameleo, Joseph Salvati, Peter J. Limone and Louis Greco because they had been framed by the agency. In 2007, the documents helped Salvati, Limone, and the families of the two other men - who died in prison - win a US$101.7 million civil judgment against the government.<4>

Amid allegations that FBI informants James "Whitey" Bulger and Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi had corrupted their handlers, US Attorney General Janet Reno named Durham special prosecutor in 1999. He oversaw a task force of FBI agents brought in from other offices to investigate the Boston office's handling of informants.<4>

In 2002, Durham helped secure the conviction of retired FBI agent John J. Connolly Jr., who was sentenced to 10 years in prison on federal racketeering charges for protecting Bulger and Flemmi from prosecution and warning Bulger to flee just before the gangster's 1995 indictment.<4>

Durham's task force also gathered evidence against retired FBI agent H. Paul Rico who was indicted in Oklahoma on state charges that he helped Bulger and Flemmi kill a Tulsa businessman in 1981. Rico died in 2004 before the case went to trial.<4>

Durham also led a series of high-profile prosecutions in Connecticut against the New England Mafia and corrupt politicians, including former governor John G. Rowland.<4>

It is expected that Durham will be appointed to lead the Justice Department's investigation of the legality of CIA torture techniques.<5>


References
1.^ Politi, Daniel (2008-01-03). "The Jump Off". Slate. http://www.slate.com/id/2181253 /.

2.^ The Associated Press (2008-01-02). "Criminal probe opened over CIA tapes". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/1152ap_cia_video... .

3.^ Apuzzo, Matt (2008-01-03). "Veteran prosecutor takes over CIA probe". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/1152ap_cia_video... .

4.^ a b c d e Murphy, Shelley (2008-01-07). "US prosecutor's tenacity is rewarded". The Boston Globe. http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2008/01/07/us... /.

5.^ http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/20...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Durham


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pinto Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 01:52 PM
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1. See also Washington Post article in Late Breaking News -
Edited on Mon Aug-24-09 02:02 PM by pinto
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

on edit - WaPo is citing anonymous sources ~ pinto
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seafan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 01:53 PM
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2. Here's an old thread on Durham
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pinto Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 01:55 PM
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3. Thanks. n/t
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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 01:58 PM
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4. An excellent resume.
I especially liked the parts how he prosecuted "corrupted" government officials.
When it comes to investigating the CIA-torture thing, there are going to be a lot of those.

Thank you for the background, pinto!
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pinto Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 02:01 PM
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5. Interesting piece from Slate, Jan. 3, 2008 -
<snip>

John Durham, as the Washington Post points out today, has little experience with either national security or executive-power cases. And given that Mukasey's very experience in those areas seemed to allow him to arrive at precisely the wrong conclusions about the trustworthiness of the Bush administration, that may not be a bad thing. If Durham is truly more passionate about right versus wrong than he is about right versus left, he may not be as quick as Mukasey was to give up on the efficacy of America's court system.

And Durham appears to be more than merely apolitical. He appears to be zealous in his ability to smoke out wrongdoing, even when it's the alleged good guys who have been doing the wrong. Durham's career-making prosecution was, after all, an appointment by Janet Reno to go after criminal conduct by the FBI and other government agents who had apparently been in bed with mobsters in Boston for decades. In this fascinating 2001 profile in the Hartford Courant, Durham is described as nonpartisan, incorruptible, and totally devoted to the integrity of the justice system. He was able to go after corrupt federal agents precisely because his belief in the system transcended his devotion to the government.

To be sure, Durham faces challenges in his CIA investigations that will make the Boston prosecution look like a day at the ballpark. Both the CIA and the White House will throw as much sand in his eyes as they possibly can, and if Harriet Miers can be prevented from testifying about fired U.S. attorneys, you can bet the White House won't make it easy for Durham to investigate allegations of lies and obstruction. The fact that Durham ultimately answers to Mukasey is hardly comforting, either.

But maybe it's enough just to note a slight trend: When it comes to saying no to the president, Mukasey is exponentially braver than Gonzales was, and when it comes to exposing government misconduct, Durham may well prove braver than Mukasey. At a press conference about the Boston prosecution, Durham was asked by a reporter whether the Department of Justice truly had "the stomach to pursue this investigation to its conclusion," even if that meant further eroding the FBI's credibility. Durham's response at the time: "The government absolutely has the stomach." Here's hoping his stomach can stay that strong.

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http://www.slate.com/id/2181265/
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seafan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 02:26 PM
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6. Durham has been investigating the CIA torture tape destruction since January, 2008.
He should be able to hit the ground running.

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pinto Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 03:07 PM
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7. Yeah, you'd think so. And, I like what I see of his record.
He's not been hesitant at bringing government officials to task.

He's got a limited mandate, if I understand the early reports, but this is a good choice and a good move.

:kick:
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