Gonzogate Trickles Down Into the Courts

Defense teams charge political motivation in broad array of cases
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 18, 2007 10:28 AM CDT
U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is seen on a television monitor as he speaks during a luncheon at the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism International Law Enforcement Conference Monday,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Months after the scandal over eight US Attorney firings first hit, the accusation of politically motivated justice has reached federal courtrooms around the country. Defense attorneys are invoking the controversy to call indictments into question in cases from bank fraud to child pornography, the LA Times reports.

‘It provides defendants an opportunity to make an argument that would not have been made two years ago,’ said a former US Attorney. The specter of Alberto Gonzales is so present that one judge who found for the government emphasized that the indictment in question dated to a different attorney general’s tenure.