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Ex-U.S. Attorney vs. Current Federal Prosecutors
Posted By Stephanie Woodrow On January 11, 2011 @ 1:20 pm In News | Comments Disabled
A former Alabama U.S. Attorney who now is working as a defense attorney is accusing current federal prosecutors of withholding information in the government’s case against his client, the Dothan Eagle reported .
Doug Jones, who served as the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama during the Clinton administration, is defending developer Ronnie Gilley. Gilley is charged with 11 counts of honest services mail and wire fraud; six counts of federal program bribery; four counts of money laundering and one count of conspiracy, all related to Alabama’s bingo gambling corruption probe.
Jones has filed an emergency motion to compel in U.S. District Court. He claims that information that had been redacted in documents already handed over to the defense should be made available to Gilley before his next scheduled court appearance, on Wednesday. The documents concern former co-defendant Jarrod Massey, who recently entered into a plea agreement.
Among the documents are at least five 302s, which are FBI summaries of witness interviews. According to the Dothan Eagle, the forms were turned over to the defense, but details of the interviews FBI agents conducted with Massey were blacked out. The federal prosecutors say the redactions were necessary because the material deals with an ongoing criminal investigation “involving facts beyond the scope of the indictment in this matter.” Meanwhile, Jones says the information is needed to defend his client.
The case is being prosecuted by senior deputy chief Peter J. Ainsworth and trial attorneys Eric G. Olshan, Barak Cohen and E. Rae Woods of the Criminal Division’s Public Integrity Section; Senior Litigation Counsel Brenda K. Morris of the Criminal Division, and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Louis V. Franklin and Steve P. Feaga of the Middle District of Alabama.
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