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Eric Holder’s Next Headache

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Posted on March 16 2010 3:30 pm
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by Philip Shenon

“Public Integrity is in total disarray,” said Melanie Sloan, a former career prosecutor at the Justice Department who now runs Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a corruption-watchdog group. “The section is rudderless. There are a couple of good people left, but they don’t have any guidance.”

Barbara Van Gelder, a prominent white-collar defense lawyer who has repeatedly gone up against the Public Integrity section, said the Stevens case was a “Chilean-like seismic event” for the anti-corruption unit. “The aftershocks are still being felt,” said Van Gelder, another former career federal prosecutor. “That may be why we haven’t seen any big indictments for a while.”

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