Destruction of documents compared to Enron
Washington, DC (March 19, 2002) -- In response to the report issued today by the Justice Department's Office of the Inspector General regarding the withholding of documents in the Timothy McVeigh case, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers President Irwin Schwartz issued the following statement:
"Enron documents were shredded at a time when subpoenas had been issued for them. In response, the Department of Justice indicted Arthur Andersen and likely will indict others. But in response to the FBI shredding documents in the Oklahoma City case, when a court order required that they be produced, the same Department of Justice absolves its star investigative agency and the personnel involved.
"Is this not a dual standard?
"When law enforcement officers shred materials that a court order required to be produced, in a case as notorious as the Oklahoma City case, we must wonder in how many other ''routine cases'' similar conduct occurred. If the Enron documents warranted prosecution, how can the same conduct by federal law enforcement officers be swept under the rug?"
Irwin Schwartz is a criminal defense lawyer in Seattle. He can be reached at (206) 623-5084 (office).
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