DOJ Wants Prosecutors Polygraphed in Detroit Case
Can the Detroit terror case get any more embarassing for the Government? Now that the terrorism convictions have been tossed by the Judge, at the Department's request, the New York Times reports that DOJ investigators seek to polygraph the senior prosecutors on the case to determine whether they leaked the name of an informant.
In a pointed letter sent to the Justice Department last month and obtained this week by The New York Times, Senator Orrin G. Hatch of Utah, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and regarded as the department's strongest advocate in Congress, questioned whether officials at the agency "are fully cooperating" in an investigation into the leak, "including submitting to polygraphs."
Congressional officials said they were concerned that the department, which after an investigation has placed blame for the collapse of the Detroit case largely on a single prosecutor, Richard G. Convertino, appeared to have resisted the idea of requiring polygraph examinations for a small group of officials who had access to the name of the informant.
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