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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

kernal 4 years, 8 months ago

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

yankeevet 4 years, 8 months ago

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

Ray_Finkle 4 years, 8 months ago

80% of lawyers are greedy losers. Just like 80% of non-lawyers.

whatadrag 4 years, 8 months ago

I don't think lawyers choose their jobs because they like to help fight for guilty people.

tomatogrower 4 years, 8 months ago

Lawyers, congressmen and CEO's. It's all about the money.

WHY 4 years, 8 months ago

I know lots of lawyers who don't care about money. Any lawyer who works for a DA office doesn't care about money. Most judges make a fraction of what other professionals make. Non lawyers just forget that the lawyer went 100,000 dollars in debt to learn how to fix other people's mistakes and then get mad when he charges a plumber's hourly wage.

equalaccessprivacy 4 years, 8 months ago

The DA's office in Lawrence, KS lets itself be totally commandeered and overrun by conflict-of-interest cases brought by moneyed interests in town, such as KU--so you can't really say they don't care about money. Plus, most of the people that work for Douglas County law enforcement are graduates of KU, including the judges--it all makes for a filthily corrupt criminal injustice system.

equalaccessprivacy 4 years, 8 months ago

The DA's office in Lawrence, KS lets itself be totally commandeered and overrun by conflict-of-interest cases brought by moneyed interests in town, such as KU--so you can't really say they don't care about money. Plus, most of the people that work for Douglas County law enforcement are graduates of KU, including the judges--it all makes for a filthily corrupt criminal injustice system.

equalaccessprivacy 4 years, 8 months ago

The DA's office in Lawrence, KS lets itself be totally commandeered and overrun by conflict-of-interest cases brought by moneyed interests in town, such as KU--so you can't really say they don't care about money. Plus, most of the people that work for Douglas County law enforcement are graduates of KU, including the judges--it all makes for a filthily corrupt criminal injustice system.

OldEnuf2BYurDad 4 years, 8 months ago

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

Jimo 4 years, 8 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.

Jimo 4 years, 8 months ago

Bloch isn't accountable at any ballot box.

Still, alternating politicians doesn't help. It just creates a culture of inpunity where those on the inside don't have to obey the law like the little people do.

Few events have been more outrageous in this current Administration that Sec. of State Clinton going to Kenya to denounce that government's refusal to hold accountable high office criminals while Obama, in one of his many Kumbayah moments, was refusing to do the same with U.S. officials.

Bloch? Maybe he didn't kiss up to Cheney enough.

jayhawklawrence 4 years, 8 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.

equalaccessprivacy 4 years, 8 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.

BigPrune 4 years, 8 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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