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February 15, 2018

Sara A. Carter: Mueller's Pit-Bull Andrew Weissman Was Reprimanded By Judge For Withholding Exculpatory Evidence From Defendants He Was Prosecuting;
Had His Name Scrubbed From the Record

How dare you question the integrity of government officials!, the faggitty, authority-worshipping NeverTrumpers squealed, because conservatism and America itself are founded on the bedrock principle of unquestioning obedience to government and its harrying minions.

In 1997 Andrew Weissmann was officially reprimanded by a judge in the Eastern District of New York for withholding evidence.

Weissmann was reported to the Department of Justice Inspector General and Senate Judiciary Committee for alleged "corrupt legal practices."

A formal letter from U.S. Attorney Eastern District of New York Zachary Carter requested the judge to remove Weissman's name, according to documents.

Civil rights and Criminal Defense Attorney David Schoen said Weissmann needs to be investigated for alleged past misconduct in court cases.

The top attorney in Robert Mueller’s Special Counsel's office was reported to the Department of Justice’s Inspector General by a lawyer representing whistleblowers for alleged "corrupt legal practices" nearly a decade before the 2016 presidential election, this reporter has learned.

Weissmann did not turn over so-called "Brady information" to the defendants, potentially exculpatory information, which he was required to do under law. The information in this particular case was that a key government witness had been an FBI informant for years and was linked to many murders himself.

Sifton denied the defendants' the extraordinary relief of dismissing the case, but he singled out Weissmann for withholding information. The judge described AUSA Weissmann’s conduct as the "myopic withholding of information" and "reprehensible and subject, perhaps, to appropriate disciplinary measures," according to the opinion obtained by this reporter.

Another bit of information which seems to have been withheld is that this key witness, Scarpa, was in a personal relationship with his FBI handler, Lindley DeVecchio, and that DeVecchio was under investigation. (It turns out that DeVecchio was himself indicted for four of the murders Scarpa committed, though the case was later dropped for lack of evidence.)

When those charges were dropped...

...the judge in DeVecchio's case warned "the FBI was willing to make their own deal with the devil." The judge was referring to the FBI's use of Scarpa as an informant, according to reports. Scarpa was later convicted of the murders and died in a New York prison, as reported.

Weissmann, along with the other prosecutors, knowingly withheld the information from the court, according to documents. But DeVecchio was presented to the jury by Weissmann as a solid witness in the case, despite the fact that he was considered tainted by his involvement with Scarpa, according to sources and court documents.

To be honest I'm confused if Weissman was reprimanded for not revealing Brady information about Scarpa, or DeVecchio, or both. Well, point is, he withheld important information about at least one witness and possibly two.

Weissman's allies then wrote letter to the judge, and got his name removed from the motion and order reprimanding him and even suggesting that he might be subject to further process over his violation of the Brady rule.


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