Underdog wins the day

It’™s sounds like something straight out of a Grisham novel. A poor, down-on-his-luck schmuck gets busted by the feds. With the help of only an assistant public defender, the poor guy goes up against the enire U.S. government and walks away scot free. Except the poor schmuck in question is Walter Anderson, a multimillionaire many [...]

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It’™s sounds like something straight out of a Grisham novel. A poor, down-on-his-luck schmuck gets busted by the feds. With the help of only an assistant public defender, the poor guy goes up against the enire U.S. government and walks away scot free. Except the poor schmuck in question is Walter Anderson, a multimillionaire many times over, who plead guilty to hiding $450 million offshore.

H/T to Buzzflash.

Telecommunications entrepreneur Walter Anderson pled guilty to tax evasion, but U.S. District Judge Paul Friedman said the binding plea agreement listed the wrong statute. This problem could have been overcome had prosecutors not failed to include any discussion of probation as is routine in such deals.

Because of the technicality, Judge Friedman said, ‘œI’™ve come to the conclusion, very reluctantly, that I have no authority to order restitution. . . . This is a very poorly drafted agreement.’

The case was prosecuted by the office of the interim U.S. Attorney for D.C., Jeffrey A. Taylor. Taylor was appointed directly by Attorney General Gonzales without Senate confirmation in November 2006 under a provision of the Patriot Act that Congress has recently voted to reverse.

That’™s right, the taxpayers ponied up for this guy’™s defense and due to an *ahem* epic blunder, cannot recoup at least $100 million bucks in restitution. It’™s a good thing Gonzo’™s Purgegate put someone in place who could do such a heckuva job on a slam dunk case. This one really stands out amongst the countless reverse Robin Hoods the Bush administration has pulled off.

Thursday, March 29th, 2007 by Richard Blair |

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