Public Integrity Update

What’s new at the Department of Justice’s Public Integrity Section?  Some staff are being reassigned, according to this Post report.

Meanwhile, the work of the section has slowed as the entire trial team in the Stevens case remains the subject of an investigation ordered by a federal judge and another by the department’s Office of Public Integrity, which polices alleged violations of ethical rules.

The decision to transfer [Nicholas] Marsh and [Edward] Sullivan, while leaving in place the other members of the Stevens team, has produced grumbling among some lawyers in the criminal division and elsewhere at the department, according to two other sources who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the ongoing probes.

The sources said the fear was that lower-level attorneys were being sacrificed by new political appointees at the department who are now applying more rigorous standards on evidence-sharing practices than were in place before.

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