New Grand Jury Investigation on Torture, or DOJ Smokescreen?

By: Thursday April 14, 2011 2:00 pm

News certainly travels fast, sometimes. While it took the U.S. government two years to reply to a request by a Spanish judge regarding whether or not the U.S. has instigated any investigations or proceedings against six high-level Bush administration figures named in a complaint by the Association for the Dignity of Spanish Prisoners, and it took another three weeks to get the response distributed to the parties involved, and yet another three weeks to have the news of this response released to the world at large, it took less than 24 hours to learn that the entire case was dismissed by the Spanish judge on Wednesday.


Note to John Durham: No Statute of Limitations on Murder

By: Friday November 5, 2010 1:30 pm

As bmaz has pointed out in language blunt enough that one presumes even the willfully obtuse Holder Justice Department might understand it, many of us are bearing witness to investigator John H. Durham intentionally allowing the statute of limitations to expire on Jose Rodriguez’s crime of destroying videotaped evidence of torture. Marcy Wheeler’s torture timeline links to the documentation that the tape destruction occurred on November 8, 2005. The five year statute of limitations on that charge will expire in just a few days. Further, my understanding of the timeline is that the last known waterboardings took place in March, 2003. Some aspects of the torture statutes carry an eight year statute of limitations, so that deadline for waterboarding prosecutions will expire in just a few months. However, with over a hundred deaths of prisoners during US interrogations, there are a number of potential murder charges that are not subject to a statute of limitations.

David Margolis: Atticus Finch or Winston Wolf

By: Sunday March 7, 2010 1:24 pm

When bureaucrats overprotect their agency, they harm the public they are hired to serve.

“We All Benefited” from Margolis’ “Wise Counsel and Good Judgment”

By: Saturday March 6, 2010 4:00 pm

A bunch of former DOJ bigwigs just wrote a seemingly pointless letter to Pat Leahy to assure him that David Margolis does not have a partisan–and they mean Left-Right partisan–bias. (h/t Main Justice)

How Can There be a Conspiracy When Everyone is Complicit?

By: Saturday January 30, 2010 5:00 pm

So how is it that professional misconduct has been downgraded to poor judgment?

David Margolis: Hatchet Man for Holder/Obama on OPR Torture Memos Report

By: Saturday January 30, 2010 12:00 pm

The involvement of Margolis in defanging the OPR report is perhaps not an incidental fact.
The role of Margolis, and the man himself, deserve a closer look. It does not take long to see that 40+ year DoJ veteran David Margolis has some skeletons in his closet, and that his track record is not unblemished.

Light at the End of the Tunnel for Dawn Johnsen’s OLC Confirmation?

By: Tuesday November 24, 2009 3:50 pm

Dawn Johnsen going to come up for a vote after the health care bill is finshed. Heaven help the GOP if they try to stall on the floor of the Senate. The OPR report on the Yoo and ByBee memos will be out by then and available for use as a cudgel if the GOP tries to burn floor time and run out the clock.

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