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Bennett: The 10 Worst US Prosecutors for 2008
Author Bob Bennett says he waited until after the election to publish the list, so as not to appear “political.”
The top choices:
Alberto Gonzales, former US Attorney General
At the time of our second year, Alberto Gonzales has failed to interest any law firms in hiring him anywhere in the United States. Gonzales has had no full time job since his resignation….
Former Justice Department officials working under Alberto Gonzales have been accused of breaking the law by letting the Bush Administration’s politics dictate the hiring of prosecutors, immigration judges, and other career government lawyers. …the specter of a Texas Disbarment proceeding is also a possibility.
Charles Sebesta, former Burleson County, Texas DA
Sebesta stands accused of orchestrating transcript changes during the trial of Thomas Torlincasi, whose company donated the logs for the Aggie Bonfire that collapsed in 1998. Apparently, he would sit down with the court reporter after the trials, which happened to be a woman he knew personally, and re-wrote what they thought was relevant from the trial hearings.
Mary Lacy, Boulder County, Colorado DA:
The name Mary Lacy falls into the category of one of the worst prosecutors placed in office over the last decade. The Boulder County District Attorney was the lead prosecutor in the JonBenet Ramsey murder case which has been ongoing for the last twelve years….
Lacy was accused of a cover up due to the poor investigation … [She] has tried explaining that she had doubts that the Ramsey parents ever took part in the murder. To justify that statement may prove difficult since her investigation clearly showed intent to blame the parents of an entanglement in a murder which was based on very circumstantial evidence and absolutely no real proof of who committed the crime.
Via MarketWatch.Bennett: The 10 Worst US Prosecutors for 2008 by Erik Even