(The Return of) Ignatz, by Sam Heldman

Tuesday, January 07, 2003

Oh wait, there is one more thing that I can post about, that does not constitute impermissible class warfare. That is this: that yesterday, the Eleventh Circuit reversed the dismissal of criminal charges against the Republican Sheriff of Jefferson County, Alabama, and his lawyer. The charge, in a nutshell, is that they conspired to illegally utilize the state and federal crime databases not for any legitimate law enforcement purposes but to help their own efforts in an election contest (rummaging around to see if any ineligible ex-felons had voted). The District Court had dismissed the case based on alleged prosecutorial misconduct, but the Eleventh Circuit said that the prosecutors had behaved just fine. As usual, no web link to the opinion yet, but you can fiddle around on the Circuit's site and find a zip file of a wordperfect version of the opinion. Or wait a few days and it will be on Findlaw sooner or later. I will say, for what it's worth, that the lawyer in question has always been, in my experience, a very nice and honorable guy, even when we were on opposite sides of hard political battles; and no one's been found guilty yet, and this merely sends the case back for trial.

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