Monday, September 27, 2010

The Republic - Georgia executes suicidal inmate after delays;

Prosecutor in Ted Stevens case commits suicide - Yahoo! News

WASHINGTON – A Justice Department prosecutor killed himself while under investigation over whether he and other attorneys in the prosecution of Sen. Ted Stevens acted improperly in the case, officials said.

Nicholas A. Marsh, 37, committed suicide on Sunday, two years after being part of the Justice Department team that convicted Stevens on corruption charges that were eventually thrown out. Marsh's suicide was confirmed by his lawyer, Robert Luskin.

"I think Nick loved being a prosecutor and I think he was incredibly fearful that this would prevent him from continuing to work for the Justice Department," Luskin said Monday. "It's incredibly tragic after all this time when we were on the verge of a successful resolution."

The prosecutors in the Stevens case failed to disclose evidence favorable to the defendant as Supreme Court precedent requires. The omission was so serious that Attorney General Eric Holder stepped in and asked a federal judge to throw out Stevens' convictions, which the judge did, while taking the additional step of appointing a prominent Washington attorney, Henry Schuelke, to investigate possible improprieties by the prosecutors.

"My general sense is that with the direction things are going, I really would have been shocked if Hank had done anything other than exonerate Nick Marsh," said Luskin, who called the suicide a "terrible tragedy."

Luskin said his impression was that the investigation was drawing to a close.

"I think we were within shouting distance of the finish line," the attorney said.

Stevens, a longtime Republican senator from Alaska, lost his Senate seat in an election shortly after his October 2008 conviction. He died in a plane crash in Alaska in August.

Lanny Breuer, the assistant attorney general in charge of the Justice Department's criminal division, said, "Our deepest sympathies go out to Nick's family and friends on this sad day. The Department of Justice is a community, and today our community is mourning the loss of this dedicated young attorney."

During the Schuelke investigation, Marsh had been transferred from the department's Public Integrity Section, which handles corruption probes. Marsh most recently been working in the department's Office of International Affairs.

"Notwithstanding the unfounded accusations recently made against him, he took his ethical and professional obligations as seriously as any prosecutor or lawyer I've ever met," Joshua Berman, a former prosecutor and close friend of Marsh, said in a statement.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

The shafting of Boise St. starts already....

Ok, so it wasn't enough for 105 year-old Brent Musberger (did you see his hog jowls? wow!) saying "Boise State needs to impress...blah blah blah" during the game broadcast. But now tell me how Ohio State, who beat a winless unranked loser MAAC team, leapfrogs Boise State who beat #24 ranked Oregon State?

In any other industry, such manipulation of rankings and pre-arranging of rankings would be collusion and illegal as it deprives certain schools of millions of dollars in revenue for the benefit of other schools. But the NCAA rolls on.....

A spike bull elk is very curious. From my Colorado hunt.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Friday, September 24, 2010

I just used Shazam

I just used Shazam to tag Kickstart My Heart by Mötley Crüe. A perfect Friday drive home song, classic!
Darrin Keaton

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Hayden Colorado

The elk were plentiful and the scenery was magnificent, just like I remembered.  Had a great hunt.

Monday, September 6, 2010

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LA School named after Al Gore put on toxic dump site.

Too Funny! Does karma come to mind? Is it harsh coincidence? Or is it ironic? I should have paid more attention in class.... regardless...too damn funny. Not for the kids who have to attend though.


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