U.S. Attorney General must restore public confidence

Published 10:28 am Thursday, April 16, 2009

Despite the widely publicized misbehavior of U.S. attorneys in the Justice Department during the Bush administration, not one has been prosecuted. That’s because former Attorney General Michael Mukasey just didn’t seem to care enough.

But not so (for) U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan, who this week appointed a special prosecutor to investigate federal lawyers.

That wasn’t the worst of it, however. Judge Sullivan dismissed the corruption conviction of former Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens, saying that prosecutors has mishandled and misconducted the case. …

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All this points to the challenge now facing the current attorney general, Eric Holder: How to restore faith and confidence in the nation’s chief law enforcement department.

Holder has replaced the head of the ethics office and during the week made it clear to Justice staffers that misbehavior will not be tolerated.

But he needs to do more: Heads must roll.

The (Youngstown) Vindicator