William Welch Probably NOT One of the Attorneys Who Engaged in Gross Prosecutorial Misconduct in Stevens Case

As Ryan Reilly reported, Judge Emmet Sullivan is moving forward with his plan to release the scathing report on the Ted Stevens prosecution showing the prosecution was “permeated by the systematic concealment of significant exculpatory evidence.”

Back when descriptions of this report first surfaced, I asked, “Why Is William Welch, Whose Team Is Accused of Intentional Prosecutorial Misconduct, Still at DOJ?

Given Sullivan’s latest order, I think the answer must be that Welch is not one of the four DOJ lawyers most badly implicated in the report. That’s because DOJ, which after all still employs Welch to prosecute whistleblowers, had no objection to the report being released on March 15.

The Department of Justice’s Notice advised the Court that it “does not intend to file a motion regarding Mr. Schuelke’s report” and that “[t]he government does not contend that there is any legal prohibition on the disclosure of any references in Mr. Schuelke’s report to grand jury material, court authorized interceptions of wire communications, or any sealed pleadings or transcripts that have now been unsealed.” Notice of Dep’t of Justice Regarding Materials Referenced in Mr. Schuelke’s Report, at 1-2 (“DOJ Notice”). In addition, the Department of Justice informed the Court that it was not asserting any deliberative process or attorney-work product privilege with respect to the information contained in Mr. Schuelke’s Report.

Criminal Division head Lanny Breuer has already proven himself more than willing to hide the misconduct of his prosecutors; I have no doubt he’d do so here if it badly implicated any of his current attorneys.

So I’m guessing–though that is a guess–that Welch is not one of the four fighting to prevent this release.

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emptywheel @charles_gaba Plus, you BK the US and keep it uncompetitive on jobs. @armandodkos @princessmom122
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emptywheel @charles_gaba Perhaps, perhaps not. But if you do it by expanding insurance all the others become less possible @armandodkos @princessmom122
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emptywheel @charles_gaba Single time I ever met Bill C I noted his hopes climate would drive new jobs depended on more affordable healthcare than ACA
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emptywheel @charles_gaba Plus, we're going to have expanded the industry that relies on ACA for profits. Harder to change @armandodkos @princessmom122
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emptywheel @charles_gaba Right. Bc we're not going to have oppty to pass law on reconciliation w/60 to cover again @armandodkos @princessmom122
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bmaz RT @ryanlcooper: @bmaz right. as in other areas, Bernie a bit over his skis and HRC isn't even on the field
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emptywheel @charles_gaba Yup. But we're talking about where to go from here. @armandodkos @princessmom122
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bmaz @ryanlcooper Yep. Excellent way to describe it.
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JimWhiteGNV RT @Cirincione: No, we are not "giving Iran $150 Billion." They will only get back about $50B of their frozen funds. https://t.co/mtb08gG91
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bmaz @JarekFA @chrislhayes But its logistically impossible to fulfill Sanders promise in one term, Could start walking carceral state back though
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emptywheel @charles_gaba Nope. But it is closer than a Bronze plan. @armandodkos @princessmom122
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