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The Department of Justice remains solidly in the running to be Washington’s single most corrupt institution–quite a departure from its glory days, when it was widely seen as Washington’s Mr. Clean. While headlines are occupied by the U.S. Attorneys scandal, by political prosecutions (with Karl Rove smiling in the background), and by voting rights shenanigans, there are plenty of other vile scandals occupying other corridors of this once noble institution. Back on April 1, I wrote a piece entitled “More Corruption at Mukasey’s Justice Department” in which I looked at some exceedingly sleazy dealings in the Office of Juvenile Justice. ABC News Nightline, with some help from Murray Waas, has burrowed much more deeply into the issues I discussed. What they turn up in tonight’s show is hardly a surprise, but still stomach-turning. It’s worth watching in order to get yet another glimpse into what Justice has become in the age of Bush.
Update: For those who missed the broadcast last night, the video is now available.
More from Scott Horton:
Six Questions — October 18, 2014, 8:00 pm
Nathaniel Raymond on CIA interrogation techniques.
Mark Denbeaux on the NCIS cover-up of three “suicides” at Guantánamo Bay Detention Camp
Length in days of the sentence Russian blogger Alexei Navalny served for leading an opposition rally last year:
Israeli researchers developed software that evaluates the depression of bloggers.
A teenager in Singapore was convicted of obscenity for posts critical of Lee Kuan Yew, the country’s founding father, that included an image of Lee having sex with Margaret Thatcher.
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“Shelby is waiting for something. He himself does not know what it is. When it comes he will either go back into the world from which he came, or sink out of sight in the morass of alcoholism or despair that has engulfed other vagrants.”