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Old 03-19-2011, 01:54 AM
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Default Federal Judge calls BOP actions "abysmal," sloppy" and "unjustifiable"

Federal judge Michael Mosman calls U.S. Bureau of Prison's actions in assault trial, 'abysmal,' 'sloppy' and 'unjustifiable'

by Stuart Tomlinson, The Oregonian

Calling the actions of the U.S. Bureau of Prisons “an agency debacle,” U.S. District Judge Michael W. Mosman dismissed assault charges against a federal inmate today.

As a result of the judge's decision, the U.S. attorney's office in Oregon will suspend criminal referrals from the Bureau of Prisons, said Kent Robinson, the No. 2 prosecutor in the office.

"We are concerned about what happened with this case,'' Robinson said. The suspension will remain in effect "until we can assure ourselves and the court these problems won't be repeated."

Robinson said the number of criminal referrals from the bureau is relatively small; there are two outstanding assault cases from the medium-security federal prison in Sheridan.

The judge blasted the bureau for its handling of evidence in the assault trial of Jose Sanchez-Arce, 32, an illegal immigrant serving a 30-month sentence at Sheridan for illegally re-entering the U.S. after deportation.

In August 2009, Sanchez and another inmate were involved in a fight with a guard at the prison and both men were charged with assaulting a U.S. government employee. The other defendant in the case pleaded guilty, but has not been sentenced, Robinson said.

Sanchez’s three-day trial started Tuesday, but as it moved toward jury deliberations, evidence that should have been provided to the defense and prosecutors continued to trickle in from the Bureau of Prisons.

Harold McCloux, one of Sanchez’s attorneys, said the evidence cast doubt on the credibility of government witnesses and some of it was turned in 30 minutes after the jury began to deliberate.

Mosman used a series of words to describe the agency’s behavior, including “sloppy,” “abysmal” and “unjustifiable.”

John McCafferty, a spokesman for the Bureau of Prisons at Sheridan, declined to comment on today’s decision.

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Old 03-19-2011, 06:37 AM
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Yay for the judge!!!!!! Bring out the truth!
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Old 03-19-2011, 10:07 AM
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I wonder if the other defendant will ask to withdraw his guilty plea...
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