Monday, April 9, 2007

The Gonzales Watch: Another Layer of Scandal --Wisconsin Fallout

From New York Times
The Chicago-based United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit seemed shocked by the injustice of her [Doyle official Georgia Thompson's] conviction. It took the extraordinary step of releasing Ms. Thompson from prison immediately after hearing arguments, without waiting to issue a ruling. One of the judges hinted that Ms. Thompson may have been railroaded. “It strikes me that your evidence is beyond thin,” Judge Diane Wood told the lawyer from Mr. Biskupic’s office [US Atty, E.D. WI].

Ms. Thompson’s case is not the only one raising questions about whether prosecutors tried last year to tilt close elections toward the Republicans. New Jersey’s federal prosecutor conducted an investigation of weak-looking allegations against Senator Robert Menendez that was used in Republican ads.

Congress should look into both cases to determine whether partisan politics played a role — and whether they were coordinated with anyone at the Justice Department or the White House.

On this one, I'll just echo The Times' conclusion:
The integrity of the Justice Department is a matter of overriding importance. Voters should be able to see and hear the testimony for themselves.


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