The federal prosecutors in the current school administrator case have admitted that they made “mistakes” by not turning over documents that they were supposed to give to the defense team.
Now the United States attorney for the western district of Texas has stepped in and will prosecute the case.
According to an article in the Times he evidently feels that the failure of his organization to follow the law did no significant harm to the defendants, after all they are accused of committing crimes.
The defendants deserve both a fair and prompt trial.
Their first trial was stopped by the sitting judge over a year ago when it became apparent that the feds had not turned over the documents.
They were evidently ordered to cough them up.
Now we learn that even more documents are about to be produced and they think that there may be still more.
I can only come up with two possible explanations for their behavior–either they are incompetent or they chose not to obey the law.
Shame on them!
We deserve better
I have little sympathy for the defendants, but you are right. Moreover, the prosecution should pay the defendants’ lawyers for having to defend them twice in trial. Fat chance of that.
Really, it is disgusting how casual the Feds seems to be about basic Constitutional rights. The downhill slide began, IMO, with the Patriot Act. So hold their feet to the fire.
I agree with JerryK, I’d love to see these guys in jail for a long time, but Fed prosecutors need to do their jobs appropriately. We are seeing way too much prosecutorial discretion these days at the Federal level. And as individuals we have been giving away a lot of rights. When I was in high school, I thought the environment in 1984 could never happen here. Now I look at how closely every American is monitored by street cams, NSA listening activities, TSA searches, etc. and I’m not nearly as sure we aren’t headed in that direction. And we seem very content to give away those rights. So, even though I have little sympathy for the defendants, I do think it is right for prosecutors to be forced to obey the law in evidence disclosure.
The female prosecutor at hand here has previously shown an affinity for showboating in order to promote her own career. I wonder if all of them are truly guilty or if some have been railroaded to assuage public opinion. The fact that documents were withheld by the prosecutors certainly does nothing to assure me that the justice system is working properly in this case.
Let’s remember that the alleged behavior supposedly happened in 2011. The defendants have had their professional lives fully disrupted for 7 years. Sure makes you wonder about having a “speedy trial.” The feds “intend” to re-prosecute the case by the end of 2018.