U.S. Attorney O’Brien Loses Bulk of Case Against Democratic Donor
By Mary Jacoby | June 9, 2022 12:12 am

A California judge on Monday dropped the bulk of charges against a prominent Democratic attorney accused of illegally reimbursing employees for contributions to John Edwards’s 2004 presidential campaign. Read the Los Angeles Times story here. Read the National Law Journal story here.

Tom O'Brien (gov)

Tom O'Brien (gov)

“The charges were dismissed because the U.S. attorney overreached in an attempt to use the law far more broadly than its terms allow,” Pierce O’Donnell’s attorney, George Terwilliger, said in a prepared statement, the LA Times reported.

The ruling by U.S. District Judge S. James Otero was a setback to U.S. Attorney Tom O’Brien in LA. The lawyer’s defense team had questioned whether Bush-appointed O’Brien targeted O’Donnell for his representation of Hurricane Katrina victims in a lawsuit against the U.S., and because he’d criticized Bush’s civil rights policies after the 9/11 attacks.

A spokesman for O’Brien said the office was reviewing the ruling and deciding whether to appeal.


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