[Note: This was supposed to be posted yesterday, 3/7, but apparently I did something wrong, so I'm posting Friday]
We've been hearing a lot recently about alleged overzealousness of
the Department of Justice, following the suicide of activist Aaron
Swartz. The attention and scrutiny is good; but it needs to also come to
bear in cases with less sympathetic figures receiving the questionable
That's why Milton Valencia's interview with Sal DiMasi's wife is a welcome sight in today's Globe. The treatment of DiMasi has the appearance of being, well, pretty much despicable.
Harvey Silverglate wrote about this in the Phoenix last summer.
It is difficult to avoid suspecting that the [Federal Bureau of Prisons]
chose a distant prison in order to persuade DiMasi that, if he were to
testify helpfully (translation: tell prosecutors what they wanted to
hear), he would be rewarded with a more convenient prison assignment and
other amelioration of his conditions and length of confinement.
should read the whole piece. As with Valencia's article today, we are
largely guessing at what the DoJ is guilty of -- but that's the DoJ's
fault, not ours, and we should demand a great deal more accounting than
Right here locally, we are chock-full with
opportunities to make such demands. In addition to Swartz and DiMasi, we
have the truly flabbergasting multi-year-and-still-going investigation
of probation patronage, among others -- and we now have the former US
Attorney, whose games of prosecutorial whack-a-mole were regularly raked
over in the Phoenix, offering up his experience for examination in his campaign for US Senate.