Pressure Builds to Open Attorney Ethics Investigations

Legislation would shift oversight to the DOJ's independent inspector general.

, The National Law Journal


The U.S. Department of Justice faces new pressure to make lawyer-misconduct investigations more transparent and less subject to potential conflicts of interest.

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Originally appeared in print as 'Undue Influence' Decried in Ethics Investigations

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  • Megan

    Although this investigation focuses on prosecutorial misconduct at the DOJ, the same problems are repeated in every federal agency today, and include the defense attorneys. I would like to see the same approach taken, whereby the agencies‘ IGs are made responsible for overseeing allegations of misconduct by federal government legal departments.

  • A Big Fan Of Accountability

    I am wholly in favor of taking action in this area. Something needs to be done about the pervasive misconduct and lack of accountability in the U.S. Attorney‘s Office in Washington D.C. The problem is not limited to criminal prosecutions. It is a cultural mindset that permeates the office.

    I don‘t see why there is a need for new legislation, however. Why can‘t the Office of Inspector General exercise the authority it already has to address issues of mismanagement and ineffectiveness within OPR just as it does with regard to any other DOJ program?

    Also, why wouldn‘t the Office of Government Ethics have some role to play in this regard? Have they ever looked into these issues? Probably not.

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