Washington, DC (March 14, 2007) – In light of recent revelations regarding the dismissal of U.S. Attorneys by persons in the Attorney General’s office and the White House, President Martin S. Pinales of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers today made the following statement:
“No person in the country wields as much power over the lives and reputations of ordinary citizens than the United States Attorney. NACDL is deeply troubled by revelations that Justice Department and other high officials politicized the most sensitive governmental responsibility: the prosecution function. The appalling lack of candor by some and the Attorney General’s professed ignorance of the purge of U.S. Attorneys in recent months suggest the possibility of criminal falsification and the certainty of alarming incompetence at the highest levels at Justice and the White House. We urge Congress to proceed with an expeditious investigation and urge the Attorney General to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate whether any official has testified falsely in violation of federal perjury and obstruction statutes.
“As concerned as we are about politically-motivated dismissals, we have greater concerns with the chilling effect upon other U.S. Attorneys whose independence was threatened by this unprecedented attempt to commandeer America’s criminal justice system.”
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