I’ve been pretty speechless since I heard about this because I have NEVER seen anything like this in 17 years with the federal government. NEVER saw the government let someone off the hook by publicly announcing that they are NOT going to indict him OR publicly stating that they were ending an investigation. Of course, the government closes investigations all the time–but NOT with a public announcement.
It is so highly unusual that I think there must be something HUGE uncovered in the DOJ investigation. First of all the announcement is from the Public Integrity Section, DOJ. From that I deduce the Prosecutorial misconduct is so massive or widespread that don’t want it presented as a defense in federal court. And they are letting high level targets off scot free because of it.
I’m guessing this has gone way beyond Perricone and Mann. Was the online commenting widespread in the office and/or included other high profile federal employeees such as federal law enforcement agents? Have they now learned that this is a problem in other USAOs? Or does it mean that was Letten personally involved? Whatever it is, it should come out and it’s going to be ugly.
The rumor mill has steadfastly maintained at least one more assistant US Attorney commented along with a sitting Judge. I think it is about way more than that however:
It was clear to me that Team Horn was looking at more than just the Danziger Bridge shooting case. The question of getting leaks on the investigation from politicians has stuck with me since that day because it was so far out in left field from what we knew from media reports and the local rumor mill at the time. I do know this, the peeps with whom I speak including my best sources never underestimated Fred Heebe:
I would highly urge everyone to read Judge Engelhardt’s entire 50 page order and reasons to see first hand what a mess liars that continue to lie can make. BTW, before everyone clammed up the Wino did tell me she thinks Fred Heebe has another hole card to play. All I can say is get the pop corn ready ’cause if that’s true, then we have more episodes of Beavis and Butthead coming.
In hindsight the micro signals were all there. I think the spectacle of Aaron BrousStar’s sentencing gave us a sneak peek at what was coming. Incroyable as noted by Empire Parish nailed the source of Judge Head’s discomfort:
Broussard has started his ‘I am not a crook’ show and it is based on ‘you didn’t catch me’ thus ‘I am not guilty’.
The problem as Judge Head pointed out is there hasn’t been a proper and thorough investigation.
Considering “the paper trail glowed in the dark” I wondered why there was such an emphasis on squeezing Dominick Fazzio. Besides the obvious I think it is clear the people at Team Letten charged with bagging this prosecution were in way over their heads:
Hanlon’s Razor is an eponymous adage that reads:
Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.
IMHO the problem was never one of evidence. I think it very likely the FBI empowered the prosecution team with truckloads of information. At the end of the day, village idiots empowered with information are still idiots.
The list of talented lawyers that has joined and then left the NOLA US Attorney’s office is amazing for those that possess a bit of knowledge about the historical workings of that office. Back in 2010, when I heard Mike Magner had been sent to Siberia after his name appeared in a Times Picayune story about the coming prosecution, I expressed discomfort to a couple of contributors. In hindsight that discomfort was the first clear signal the prosecution was in trouble.
I’ll have more as time allows. As the Wino would say this is a multifaceted diamond. In respects some things never change except the cast of characters. Fred Heebe knew his opponents better than they knew themselves. At the end of the day it was the key to victory.