No Charges for Biased Justice Officials: Mukasey

Former employees have already faced internal consequences, AG says
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 12, 2008 2:33 PM CDT
U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey, left, faces reporters as Michael Sullivan, U.S. attorney general for Massachusetts, right, looks on during a news conference, in Boston, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2008.   (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
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(Newser) – Michael Mukasey said today the ex-Justice Department employees who discriminated against candidates in hiring for political reasons will not face criminal charges, the New York Times reports. Prosecution would be inappropriate, the AG said, because the biased hiring practices violated federal civil service law, not criminal law.

“Not every wrong, or even every violation of the law, is a crime,” he said, adding that the aides at the center of the scandal escaped unscathed. "The officials most directly implicated in the misconduct left the department to the accompaniment of substantial negative publicity.” The AG rejected the idea of reassigning lawyers rejected by the biased employees, or firing those who benefited: “Two wrongs do not make a right,” he said.