House Judiciary Committee Demands Action on Political Prosecutions

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In the words of Attorney General Robert H. Jackson, (April 1, 1940): "Any prosecutor who risks his day-to-day professional name for fair dealing to build up statistics of success has a perverted sense of practical values, as well as defects of character. Whether one seeks promotion to a judgeship, as many prosecutors rightly do, or whether he returns to private practice, he can have no better asset than to have his profession recognize that his attitude toward those who feel his power has been dispassionate, reasonable and just."

Justice Jackson, of-course, also blasted political prosecutions; and unreasonable and unjust political prosecutions are under fire from the House Committee on the Judiciary.

The House Judiciary Committee is proceeding in investigating the Bush administration's political prosecutions releasing four letters yesterday.

Press Release from April 17

(Washington, DC) - Today, House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI) and Committee Members Linda Sánchez (D-CA), Artur Davis (D-AL), and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) announced three critical actions in the Committee's investigation into allegations of selective or poltiically-motivated prosecution in the Justice Department.

The Members today invited Karl Rove to testify before the committee; urged the Justice Department's Office of the Inspector General and Office of Professional Responsibility to investigate those allegations; and demanded that Attorney General Michael Mukasey provide additional documents on this subject.

Today's actions result from the Committee's majority staff report, also released today, which details the cases, interviews and documents they have reviewed since the Committee began its investigation last year.

"There continue to be numerous complaints of selective or politically motivated prosecution since our investigation began last year," Conyers said. "The actions we are taking today, including calling Karl Rove to testify, are an effort to get to the bottom of this matter."

Today's announcement stems from the Committee's 2007 oversight hearing on selective prosecution, during which testimony was heard and documents were entered into the record regarding cases from Alabama, Mississippi, Wisconsin, Georgia, and Pennsylvania.

Since the hearing, majority committee staff has continued its investigation with interviews and document collection about additional cases across the country.

"While this report is extensive and significant progress has been made in our investigation, many facts remain unknown," Conyers said. "The Justice Department has simply not been forthcoming and I feel the only way to move this investigation forward is to seek further independent investigation and testimony from Karl Rove, who appears to be the missing link in a chain from the White House to the Justice Department."

The letters and the majority staff report are available below:

Selective Prosecution: Majority Staff Report and Additional Letters

- Majority Staff Report on Allegations of Selective Prosecution and Additional Documents (April 17, 2008) - US Atty Biskupic's political persecution of the innocent Georgia Thompson, pp 19-23 -

- Letter to Justice Department OIG/OPR (April 17, 2008)

- Letter to Karl Rove (April 17, 2008)

- Letter to AG Mukasey (April 17, 2008)

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but I believe that the academic study referred to in Conyers letter references Dr. Shield's testimony and acknowledges his research first published on the ePluribus Media Journal as Political Profiling. As Representative Conyers states in the letter:

A 2007 academic study of the problem concluded that the current Administration's criminal investigations of Democrats vs. Republicans is "highly disproportionate" and that there is less than one chance in 10,000" that this disproportion has occurred by chance.