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Former Lawrence attorney to be sentenced

July 19, 2010

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Scott Bloch, the former head of the Office of Special Counsel under President George W. Bush, faces a federal judge this week to determine his sentence for criminal contempt of Congress.

Scott Bloch, head of the Office of Special Counsel and former Lawrence attorney, was accused of drawing out an investigation for two years of his actions. This week he will face a federal judge to determine the sentence for criminal contempt of Congress.

Scott Bloch, head of the Office of Special Counsel and former Lawrence attorney, was accused of drawing out an investigation for two years of his actions. This week he will face a federal judge to determine the sentence for criminal contempt of Congress.

Bloch, a former Lawrence attorney, could be sentenced to six months in prison and a $100,000 fine for withholding information from a U.S. House committee. Federal prosecutors have said they will not oppose a sentence of probation if it includes a $5,000 fine and Bloch completes 200 hours of community service.

Bloch is scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Deborah Robinson in Washington, D.C.

Bloch was the director of the federal office that is in charge of protecting whistleblowers from unfair treatment.

Federal prosecutors accused Bloch of failing to truthfully answer questions about whether he arranged in 2006 to have several office computers deleted of information while he was being investigated for retaliating against employees.

Bloch had been a target of critics who said he closed hundreds of whistleblower cases without investigating them. Bloch defended himself, noting in his resignation letter that he had cut through a backlog of cases.

In 2005, Log Cabin Republicans, a national organization representing gay and lesbian Republicans, started a campaign to oust Bloch after he said he lacked authority to protect federal employees from discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Bloch announced in October 2008 that he would leave office. In April he pleaded guilty to criminal contempt of Congress.

Comments

BigPrune 3 years, 9 months ago

When I feel like going after someone for something frivolous, want to get even, or just to intimidate someone because it's fun, I use the firm Dewey, Cheatum, and Howe. They are a law firm in Illinois or -the Land of Obama

http://www.calcon.net/demos/legal.htm

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equalaccessprivacy 3 years, 9 months ago

Kafkaesque--but pretty much the norm for redressing retaliation in the heartful Midwest. If there exists any creature lower than lawyer it's one from KS.

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jayhawklawrence 3 years, 9 months ago

It appears that it was not just one individual but an entire culture of corruption that permeated the Bush administration under Cheney and Karl Rove.

It might be time to compare the Bush and the Nixon adminstration and ask which one was more damaging to the country.

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Tom Shewmon 3 years, 9 months ago

I can't wait to see the barrage of ethics violations uncovered on Dems when Repubs take back the reins. I could see a couple dozen Dems going to the pen, at a minuimum. Who's watching them? The corrupt media? Fellow Dems? Holder?

May God Bless.

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Jimo 3 years, 9 months ago

This is the guy who called in "Geeks on Wheels" to delete files from his office computer while he was under investigation by his agency's Inspector General.

While Bloch deserves this and more, to be fair, he didn't do anything worse than many other officials from the Bush Administration - refusing to enforce laws he didn't like, lying to Congress, deleting incriminating computer documents.

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OldEnuf2BYurDad 3 years, 9 months ago

So, the protector of whistleblowers went after the whistleblowers in his own office?

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yankeevet 3 years, 9 months ago

From the lawyers i have met; they are just like the congressmen; dont care about the country; just the money..............

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kernal 3 years, 9 months ago

Was there no ethics course when you attended law school or did you just not pay attention?

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