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Oliver Diaz scheduled to speak at ‘Justice Dept. Misconduct Conference’ in DC

By: Magnolia Tribune - June 25, 2009

Justice Department Misconduct Conference in DC June 26

Law professor and Harper’s columnist Scott Horton, among the first and most vehement critics of the prosecutions, will discuss why the recently dismissed convictions of GOP Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska was a political prosecution also. The Alaskan’s prosecutor is among top DoJ leaders invited to speak.

Former Georgia State Sen. Majority Leader Charles Walker’s 10-year sentence will be on the agenda as well. Last month, his 2005 trial judge recused himself after Walker proved an appearance of bias. Earlier, DoJ forced the resignation of the first prosecutor for misconduct. On Friday, Walker’s son Charles “Champ” Walker plans to announce a national campaign to protest mistreatment of similar defendants around the nation.

“These cases must be investigated,” says Walker, a former congressional candidate. “The biggest scandal in American politics is prosecution misconduct against Democrats, which is as indefensible as racial bias.”

Confirmed speakers include: Congressman Hank Johnson (D-GA), chair of Judiciary’s crime and competition subcommittee; former Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Oliver Diaz, twice acquitted in prosecutions that imprisoned trial lawyer Paul Minor; Puerto Rico State Senate Minority Whip Eduardo Bhatia (D), representing acquitted former Gov. Anibal Acevedo; Alliance for Justice President Nan Aron; Project Save Justice Executive Director Gail Sistrunk, discussing the group’s video, “The Political Prosecutions of Karl Rove”; Investigative reporter Andrew Kreig; and McClendon Group President John Hurley.

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