Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Another Prosecutor and Political Pressure

The former federal prosecutor in Maryland now says he was fired for his corruption investigations into associates of Maryland's Republican Governor.

Thomas DiBiagio is one of about eight federal prosecutors who were fired -- many on the same day -- by the Bush administration. Congress begins investigations into the firings this week.

Those fired include one prosecutor who sent a Republican Congressman to prison and another who refused to file criminal charges against a Democrat in the days before the 2006 election.

Mr DiBiagio says his office was investigating associates of then Gov Roberth Ehrlich (R-MD) who wanted legalized slot machines in the Free State. Maryland Republicans were pressuring the US Attorney to back off the case. (NYT)

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