Sunday, August 22, 2010

Senator Lisa Murkowski Outraged At DOJ Refusal To Prosecute Former VECO Boss Bill Allen For Sex Crimes, Demands Response From Eric Holder

The corruption and rot at the top of the Department of Justice (DOJ) has become so obvious and odious that even the normally staid and decorous Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski can no longer contain her outrage. On August 21st, 2010, Senator Murkowski sent a two-page letter to Attorney General Eric Holder decrying the decision made at the highest levels of DOJ to refuse to prosecute former VECO boss and superstar snitch Bill Allen for alleged sex crimes against underage girls in the past, threatening to ask the Inspector General and the Office of Professional Responsibility for a formal inquiry into DOJ's conduct if a timely and satisfactory response is not delivered by Holder. A brief Anchorage Daily News story is HERE. KTUU video about DOJ dismissal embedded below (after the jump):


This inquiry stems from the decision on August 24th by the Department of Justice that, despite admittedly having sufficient evidence to seek an indictment, they will refuse to prosecute Bill Allen for alleged sex offenses against minors. Anchorage Police Department investigators first opened the case on Allen in 2004 when Lisa Moore, an Anchorage woman who was then 26, reported she had sex with him when she was 18 and had seen several girls have sex with him when they were 15. One of those underaged girls was Bambi Tyree, then 23, and a defendant and chief witness in the cocaine and sex trafficking case of millionaire hardware store owner Josef Boehm of Anchorage. APD had put together the case and the Justice Department trial attorney who had been working with them for nearly two years, along with the supervisor of his section, wanted to seek an indictment from a grand jury. But the lower-level DOJ attorneys were overruled by superiors. Bill Allen was Brenda Morris' superstar snitch during the Ted Stevens trial, and it's believed the DOJ decided to blow off the sex offense charges in exchange for Allen's cooperation.

Another of the crimes Allen was accused of was flying Paula Roberds, now 26, from Seattle to Anchorage about five times for sex when she was 16, paying her thousands of dollars in cash each time. Allen initially met her working as a 15-year-old prostitute along Spenard Road. The Mann Act makes it a Federal felony to bring someone across state lines for prostitution and imposes enhanced penalties when the victim is a minor; there's no comparable state crime. Allen is currently serving three years for bribery and tax violations at the low-security Terminal Island federal prison south of Los Angeles. With good time, he's due for release on August 22nd, 2012.

To add insult to injury, trial attorney Barak Cohen, Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section section chief Drew Oosterbaan, and criminal division head Lanny Breuer all referred requests for comment to a department spokeswoman, Laura Sweeney. In turn, Sweeney hid behind confidentiality and said department policy prevented her and the officials from discussing the reasons for not prosecuting a given case.

So now Lisa Murkowski is outraged, and wants an explanation. Many Alaskans want more than an explanation; we want a full-blown investigation. This is not exceptional conduct by the DOJ; don't forget the controversial decision not to prosecute members of the New Black Panther Party for alleged voter intimidation in Philadelphia in 2008. In June 2010, WorldNetDaily reported that former DOJ attorney J. Christian Adams said the Obama Administration ordered the DOJ not to pursue voting-rights cases against Black people. Officials with Judicial Watch, which investigates and prosecutes government corruption, filed a lawsuit seeking the government's documentation about the case. Likewise, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights has opened an active investigation into the DOJ dismissal.

Then there was the year-long DOJ "probe" into Congressman Don Young which was abandoned without explanation on August 4th. The Young campaign was forced to spend more than $1 million on his legal expenses. The probe related to the VECO corruption scandals; it was alleged that Young illegally received gifts totaling up to nearly $200,000 over 13 years from VECO Corp. So the DOJ can ruin someone's reputation and then walk away without so much as an explanation, never mind an apology?

A full-scale Watergate-style probe into the Department of Justice would seem to be in order.

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