Thursday, February 22, 2007

Fitzgerald is a massive violation of legal ethics

Clarice Feldman has an interesting post on the ugly nature of the Fitgerald witch hunt and how it began. Worth reading it all, but I want to focus on something from his closing argument that is just outrageous:

the investigation disclosed no violations of law whatsoever. Nevertheless, in his closing statement Fitzgerald made repeated references to the possibility that a covert officer's identity had been disclosed maliciously and that people might die as a result

Fitzgerald asked the jury to send a message that it won't tolerate this kind of malicious disclosure. Yet the trial was for perjury and the jury was deliberately not told that the law on disclosure had not been broken. This is as outrageous as it gets.


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