Danger In Prosecutors’ Jobs Can Affect Families; U.S. Official Leaves Case


The shooting deaths of a Dallas-area district attorney and his wife and the plight of a federal prosecutor who withdrew from a major case this week brought home how the danger can affect a family, reports the Houston Chronicle. “I’m becoming more aware that my wife didn’t like my job,” former Harris County District Attorney Johnny Holmes said after federal prosecutor Jay Hileman withdrew from a multi-defendant case involving the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas prison gang, apparently over security concerns. Larry Eastepp, a federal prosecutor for 22 years before he retired two years ago, said even the most notorious criminal groups avoid violence against the government. “Most criminal organizations, whether it’s the traditional Italian mafia or drug trafficking gangs from Latin America know that killing a law enforcement official in the United States, at any level, whether it’s a cop or prosecutor, is not a smart move,” said Eastepp, who is representing one of the Aryan Brotherhood defendants in the case that Hileman withdrew from this week. “It’s waking the sleeping giant, because when the federal government wants to throw its might into an investigation, they certainly have it.”

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