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Posted: 6/1/2001 12:27:44 PM EDT
Couldn't have happened to a nicer guy. ======================================== LA Times http://www.latimes.com/wires/20010601/tCB00V4251.html Friday, June 1, 2001 Davidian Prosecutor Could Go to Jail DALLAS--A former federal prosecutor who pleaded guilty to withholding information about the Branch Davidian siege could face jail time, despite the government's earlier pledge to recommend probation. The government withdrew the pledge, saying Bill Johnston violated his plea agreement by making statements to a legal journal after his February guilty plea. Sentencing is set for Thursday in St. Louis. In the Feb. 19 issue of Texas Lawyer, Johnston was quoted as saying, "They charged me with obstruction of justice and five counts of false statements. I did not plead guilty to that and was not guilty of that." Legal experts said that without the probation recommendation and prosecutors' assurance that he accepted responsibility for wrongdoing, a federal judge could sentence Johnston to six months in federal prison. The 1993 siege ended with burning of the compound near Waco and the deaths of leader David Koresh and some 80 followers. Johnston set in motion renewed scrutiny of government missteps in 1999, warning then-attorney general Janet Reno that she and the public were being misled about the FBI's handling of the tragedy. Johnston himself admitted withholding information about the use of pyrotechnic tear gas. After his indictment, Johnston said he withheld the notes out of fear hostile colleagues might try to use them to discredit him and because Waco special prosecutor John Danforth's investigators "treated me with the same loathing and hostility that I had encountered from the Justice Department." Investigators eventually concluded the gas did not cause the fire, and Danforth's report absolved the government of wrongdoing. But just Thursday, Danforth told The Washington Post that the FBI was so uncooperative that he threatened Director Louis Freeh with a search warrant to gain access to relevant documents. Copyright 2001 Los Angeles Times
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Link Posted: 6/1/2001 9:16:23 PM EDT
I hope his new boyfreind is Samoan, but he'll probably get a "country club" where they're punished by having only an 8-hole golf course. [sniper]
Link Posted: 6/1/2001 9:23:58 PM EDT
Link Posted: 6/2/2001 5:42:06 AM EDT
Whew! I was really beginning to think that I couldn't trust my government.
Link Posted: 6/2/2001 6:02:53 AM EDT
Originally Posted By warlord: Couldn't have happened to a nicer guy. ========================================
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Wait a minute. Isn't this the guy that started the investigation into the FBI's misconduct in the first place? Didn't he send a letter to his boss, Janet Reno, telling her that there was a dead fish in the woodwork? Isn't this the guy who was working with the Texas Rangers and who tried to expose all the coverups? And the same guy who was threatened by the FBI and the Justice dept. to shut up or else very bad things would happen to him and his family? This is standard spook shit. Protect the spooks and frame an innocent to place the public's focus somewhere else. I feel like puking [puke] Greg
Link Posted: 6/2/2001 2:11:58 PM EDT
Absolutely. This is the good guy in the case and the Gov't.com is haning him out to dry...
Link Posted: 6/2/2001 2:38:25 PM EDT
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The only ones who know the truth ain't talking. They are dead or on the Govt. payroll. People are just like sheep when it comes to this kind of thing nowadays. They don't want to hear the truth
Link Posted: 6/2/2001 2:39:55 PM EDT
Sorry. Now that I've read up on it, I retract my former statement. You're right. I'm wrong. Another whistleblower gets it in the posterior. [:(]
Link Posted: 6/2/2001 5:42:38 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Coltshooter:
Originally Posted By warlord: Couldn't have happened to a nicer guy. ========================================
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I am only saying this in jest, I don't like this guy anymore many other people on this board.
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