Great moments in prosecutorial discretion

Miguel Tejada should have gone to law school:

A recently released report from DOJ’s Inspector General found that Acting Assistant Attorney General Bradley Schlozman gave false testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee (both in his oral testimony and in written supplemental testimony) regarding his partisan misuse of his office and his violations of the Civil Service Reform Act.

Page 64 of the report states unambiguously that, “Schlozman made false statements about whether he considered political and ideological affiliations when he gave sworn testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee and in his written responses to supplemental questions from the Committee.” The IG report further notes that Schlozman “made false statements to Congress” and referred the matter to the US Attorney’s office for prosecution. Inexplicably, the U.S. Attorney’s office for the District of Columbia declined prosecution of Schlozman. The same U.S. Attorney ‘s office now announces that it has decided to pursue charges against a professional baseball player.

Baseball players and ordinary citizens lie. Lawyers and politicians make misstatements of fact which they later regret. Totally different things, you understand.

(Thanks to Ron Rollins for the heads up)

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  1. The Common Man said...

    Craig, is Schlozman in any additional legal trouble because of his actions?  Would that be a mitigating factor in this prosecution (as in, well someone else is already going to make sure he pays for what he did, we won’t waste resources piling on) or does this look strictly like a publicity thing (Schlozman’s not a sexy target)?

  2. Pete Toms said...

    This guy raises a good point which I’ve seen argued elsewhere.

    “Given its track record, I don’t hold out much hope for the current leadership of major league baseball to take aggressive and effective steps to clean up the steroid scandal and those implicated in it. After all, the game has essentially operated without an effective and independent Commissioner for over a decade and the steroid scandal goes on and on, doing great damage to our national pastime.”

    The key part being the “independent Commissioner”.  Don’t know how realistic this POV is though.  Indisputably, Selig’s only interests are the owners.  Vincent & Giamatti saw the role of the Commissioner differently but they were ineffective.  Like I always say, Selig unified the owners which has led to sustained labor peace.  His predecessors likely had loftier and nobler goals but they couldn’t keep the players on the field…

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