Holder Begins Revamping of Justice Department
April 10, 2009 • 10:22AM

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder began a series of personnel moves yesterday in sensitive areas of the Justice Department, in order to restore confidence in the Justice Department in the wake of the prosecutorial misconduct shown in the prosecution of former U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) and other political figures.

The Justice Department, is facing "fresh calls to reopen the cases of other prominent political figures" since Holder ordered in the wake of all charges withdrawn against Sen. Stevens.

The most outrageous case of prosecutorial misconduct, according to former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark, is the case of American statesman Lyndon LaRouche. In a letter to then Attorney General Janet Reno in 1995, Clark, then LaRouche's attorney, wrote Reno that he raised the LaRouche matter "because I believe it involves a broader range of deliberate and systematic misconduct and abuse of power over a longer period of time in an effort to destroy a political movement and leader, than any other Federal prosecution in my time or to my knowledge."

Eric Holder's tough and non-Mollycoddling approach to prosecutorial misconduct is encouraging, and should be extended to the LaRouche case.

Holder told the Washington Post that he would select career prosecutors, rather the prosecutors with political connections, to staff the Justice Department. Holder appointed Mary Patrice Brown, a longtime Washington, D.C. prosecutor, to be the new head of the Justice Department's Office of Professional Responsibility, which polices misconduct by department lawyers. Holder's move came the day after Stevens' judge expressed a lack of confidence in the Office of Professional Responsibility.