Tuesday, March 29, 2011

BingoGate: Dept of Justice calling in a Big Gun

image In USA vs. McGregor et al, the Department of Justice is calling in one of its star prosecutors. Justin V. Shur, Deputy Chief of the DOJ’s Public Integrity Section, has won convictions in a number of very high profile cases, including the case of an Army contracting officer who accepted bribes and other items of value in exchange for awarding lucrative contracts in Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait.

Shur filed his notice of appearance with the Court today, and should he take the lead role he will replace Peter Ainsworth, another one of Justice’s big guns. Ainsworth has drawn the ire of the Court on several occasions.

There is still no decision yet from US Magistrate Judge Wallace Capel on the admissibility of the wiretap evidence. Capel concluded hearings on the matter last week. Over the weekend, he advised the parties in the case that he was seeking an order from another District Judge to open certain case files that the parties had cited in their motions and arguments. Those documents—the contents of which no one outside of the Court, the prosecution or the defendants—are being held under seal and an order is needed for Capel to review them. It is not known when that order might be granted or denied.

Watching developments…

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