05 January 2009

Prosecutorial Overreach?

We have enough to arrest you and ruin your life and try to get you fired from an important job and make you the laughing stock of the nation ... but we really don't have it yet.

That seems to be what U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald is saying.

The U.S. attorney's office in Chicago today asked a federal judge for an extra three months to formally indict Gov. Rod Blagojevich and his former chief of staff.

The move by U.S. Atty. Patrick Fitzgerald's office was expected because the deadline for handing up an indictment had been set for Jan. 7. The extension would give prosecutors until April 7.

Fitzgerald's office cited the complexity of the case as one of the main reasons for seeking the three-month extension.

One way to exacerbate the complexity of a case is to lack evidence.

And after his shameful performance in the Scooter Libby case, I almost hope that Fitzgerald loses this one. I think that Fitzgerald is just a hooker away from being a Spitzer-esque bully with a DOJ badge.

Not that I have any love for Blagojevich, except that I do love his appointment of Burris, just for what it does to Democratic politics, and, as Blagojevich attorney Ed Gensen said (sorry, no link), we have only seen transcripts of excerpts of conversations that the US Attorney wanted us to see.

That is not the same thing as hearing the whole conversation and its context.

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