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March 13, 2007

What's the real-world fall-out of the US Attorney purge?

As detailed in this New York Times article, the "White House was deeply involved in the decision late last year to dismiss federal prosecutors, including some who had been criticized by Republican lawmakers."  As this story continues to have legs, I continue to wonder if it has any direct or indirect impact in the day-to-day operation of the federal criminal justice system.

I would be eager for readers to use the comments to indicate whether they have seen any tangible change in the behavior or attitudes of federal prosecutors since this story broke.  I often suspect that whenever the actions of Main Justice gives federal prosecutors a black eye, assistant US Attorneys feel the impact when walking into court and seeking the respect of, and pro-government rulings from, their local federal judge. 

Can anyone report whether there is some real on-the-ground blow-back from the US Attorney purging story?

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I know in San Diego last week, a Judge went after an AUSA over Main Justice dragging its feet over a death penalty decision.

Posted by: lawdevil | Mar 13, 2007 10:17:14 AM

While the focus has been on the fired US Attorneys, I am curious about those NOT fired. Did that mean that they were khow-towing to the dictates of the White House, and they were using their offices to advance the Bush administration political agenda? Is there anything on this?

Posted by: BernieK | Mar 15, 2007 9:56:26 AM

And how many of the US Attorneys that gave in to political ploys and harassed people for political reasons are now judges ?

Posted by: S.cotus | Mar 25, 2007 4:11:29 PM

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