DOJ Employees Avoid Prosecution; Are There Two Standards Of Justice?


Dozens of Justice Department officials, ranging from FBI agents and prison wardens to high-level prosecutors, have escaped prosecution or firing despite findings of misconduct by the department's own internal watchdog, McClatchy Newspapers reports. Most of the names of the investigated officials remain under wraps. McClatchy says it got documents under the Freedom of Information Act showing “a startling array of alleged transgressions uncovered by the department's inspector general.”

Included: A prosecutor “lacked candor” when interviewed by FBI agents investigating her husband's “embezzlement activity.” A U.S. attorney violated federal laws and regulations by accepting a partially paid trip to a foreign country by a nonprofit organization. Two FBI supervisors accepted free tickets to the NBA All-Star Game and gave them to family members. An FBI assistant special agent in charge sexually harassed female subordinates, retaliated against a female special agent who refused to have a relationship with him and used his FBI-issued BlackBerry to pursue romantic relationships with 17 FBI employees. In at least 27 cases, the inspector general identified possible criminal wrongdoing but no one was prosecuted. “I think it's fair to ask why some of these cases weren't prosecuted,” said Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz. “That's clearly a concern we have: To make sure there are not two standards of justice at the Department of Justice.”

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