Massachusetts U.S. District Chief Judge Mark L. Wolf is deciding whether to impose sanctions against Massachusetts Assistant US Attorney Suzanne Sullivan for withholding evidence that could have helped a defendant in a gun case, The Boston Globe reported this afternoon.
Sullivan asked for leniency as Wolf weighs his options which could include fining her or making Sullivan and her whole office undergo ethics training, The Globe said.
“It is my mistake. It rests on my shoulders,” Sullivan said in court today, according to The Globe. “I also ask the court to give me the opportunity to rebuild my reputation.”
Wolf said he discovered that evidence wasn’t disclosed when he was reviewing notes Sullivan had taken during interviews for the gun case, according to The Globe.
“It’s unpardonable, and if I don’t find it deliberate, I find it’s at least ignorance and reckless disregard,” Wolf said at the hearing, according to The Globe.
Wolf wrote a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder “with a renewed hope” that the Attorney General will address similar misbehavior after former Attorney Generals Alberto Gonzales and Michael Mukasey failed to respond to similar letters, The BLT reported last month. Wolf added in the letter that U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan’s decision to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the mishandling of the Ted Stevens case “confirms that other judges share my concern.”
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