Federal Judge Fines Gov't $600k for ImproperlyTaping Defense Lawyers
More prosecutorial misconduct, this time in Florida in a drug case. Prosecutors improperly taped the defendant's lawyers.
Accusing federal prosecutors of knowingly and repeatedly violating ethical guidelines in a high-profile narcotics trial, a Miami federal judge Thursday reprimanded multiple assistant U.S. attorneys who took part in the case -- and fined the federal government more than $600,000.
U.S. District Judge Alan Gold's harshly critical 50-page order takes the federal government to task for acting deceptively and ''in bad faith'' in the case of Miami Beach doctor Ali Shaygan, who was acquitted last month of 141 counts of illegally prescribing painkillers. The $601,795 fine will be paid to Shaygan as reimbursement for much of his legal fees and costs.
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