JANUARY 12 2008

1. Prosecutorial Ethics Lite
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Prosecutorial Ethics Lite
by Scott Horton of Harper's

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But if Margolis really is Yoda, the powerful but diminutive figure
from the “Star Wars” series, then the Force may no longer be with
him. Indeed, maybe we should be wondering whether he has gone
over to the Dark Side.

....So rather than apply the unambiguous ethics rules and the law,
Margolis engaged in a series of evasive maneuvers designed to
shield and protect Leura Canary, who may be the “loyalest Bushie”
among the ninety-three U.S. attorneys. And this is at least the
second time he has done so. (Incidentally, main Justice conducted no
independent review of the Siegelman prosecution, or of the highly
abusive plea bargain arrangements surrounding Lanny Young either–
even after the matter came under Congressional scrutiny and was
the subject of a detailed report in Time Magazine. It imperiously
declined to send a witness to the hearings and issued a letter to the
Committee prepared by its Congressional liaison which was riddled
with gross falsehoods and consciously misleading statements.)

....And now the alleged ethics lapses of Leura Canary. They are
extremely serious and are destroying the reputation of the U.S.
Attorney’s office in Montgomery. But main Justice simply brushes
them off, issuing a dismissive letter which fails even to meet minimal
standards of legal plausibility. What we are seeing is two flavors of
justice: one for the political opposition, and one for the “home team,”
as Mrs. Canary would say. This reflects the justice standards of a
banana republic.

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photo: video freeze from FTR interview

Leura Canary was appointed by
Bush to the position of  U.S.
Attorney in Montgomery.

She initiated the prosecution of
Siegelman in Montgomery, then
supervised the prosecution as
one of Bill Canary's "girls"
commissioned with "taking care"
of Siegelman.