Justice Department: Ex-Terrorism Prosecutor Repeatedly Lied


The U.S. Justice Department alleges that ex-federal prosecutor Richard Convertino lied when he applied to college, lied when he applied to law school, and lied in his applications to become a federal prosecutor and a federal judge, reports the Detroit News. “Convertino had a pattern of making misrepresentations to advance his career,” Justice Department trial attorney Eileen Gleason said in a court filing. The allegations were ruled inadmissible in a trial last year at which a jury acquitted Convertino and another defendant of conspiracy, obstruction of justice, and false statements charges. The Justice Department argued the allegations are relevant in deciding whether the U.S. should pay Convertino’s defense costs because it’s important to know the information prosecutors acted on.

Convertino is outraged. The Justice Department prosecutors have breached a judge’s order sealing the allegations, he said. “I will fight them until hell freezes over and then on the ice,” said Convertino, who is planning a malicious prosecution lawsuit. “This is our government that is conducting themselves in this manner, and it’s disgusting that they’re able to do that.” The Justice Department indicted Convertino, 46, in 2006, alleging he presented false evidence and concealed evidence when he prosecuted a high-profile Detroit terrorism case in 2003 for which the convictions were overturned.

Link: http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080212/METRO/802120356

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