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August 8, 2006

IMPORTANT DOJ fast-track policy clarification!!

Well, I have now learned that my fast-track information was not quite right.  I suppose I should know better than to trust Karl Rove as a source ... or I should at least get Dick Cheney to confirm my information before blogging. (Just kidding about my sources, folks.)

Here is an important update on DOJ's latest fast-track work from my (now less reliable) source:

I was misinformed.  Apparently on Friday the Justice Department re-authorized all existing "fast track" programs (through something like December 31, 2006) and authorized an additional 4 to 5 new programs in various districts....  Sorry for the overstatement -- but in those 4 to 5 new districts, defense attorneys need to take quick action to protect the interests of their clients.

I will add my own sorry for reprinting the overstatement.  The broader problem is that the Justice Department is not especially forthcoming about exactly how and where fast-track programs are authorized and how they operate. 

In the hope of avoiding further false alarms, perhaps DOJ will be a little more transparent and public about its fast-track policies.  I would be eager to post here any official (or even unofficial) DOJ materials about fast-track programsn.  In the meantime, I suppose I will have to keep blogging --- and the folks on the ground will have to keep litigating --- without a complete understanding of how fast-track policies are developed and operate.

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I'm an afpd in Ft. Worth Texas. I've filed an equal protection appellate challenge to the denial of this reduction in my district. I'd like to include in my reply brief the approval of these additional five districts. What formal document can I refer to?

Posted by: Peter Fleury | Aug 9, 2006 12:27:00 PM


I don't know, I don't know, and I don't know. I wonder if anyone has tried a FOIA request on DOJ's fast-track documents.

Posted by: Doug B. | Aug 9, 2006 2:10:03 PM

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