Former Deputy Attorney General George Terwilliger III, currently a partner at White & Case LLP in Washington, D.C., filed a motion today in Anchorage’s federal court requesting he be allowed to represent Bill Allen, the former Veco Corp. executive who pleaded guilty to bribing Alaska lawmakers and has been cooperating in the government’s public corruption investigation, reports the Alaska Dispatch.
Terwilliger was Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia from 1978-81, after which he became the U.S. Attorney for the District of Vermont. Terwilliger also led the Bush legal team in the florida recount in 2000. We reported on Terwilliger a while back, when he got charges dismissed against a prominent Democratic donor in California.
In 2007, Allen pleaded guilty to federal bribery charges, and decided to cooperate in exchange for a lower prison sentence, a guarantee his three adult children would not be prosecuted in relation to the probe, and that he be allowed to sell Veco.
But Allen’s role as the government’s key witness was “tainted,” to say the least, by misconduct in the Ted Stevens case. Allen’s interviews had been witheld from Stevens’ lawyers, and lawyers for former state Reps. Kohring and Kott.
Today, federal prosecutors are supposed to file an update with U.S. District Judge John Sedwick deciding whether they still need Allen’s help in their corruption investigation, otherwise Allen will be scheduled for sentencing.