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Mary Beth Buchanan, among the most political of the Bush-era U.S. attorneys, hoisted the white flag of surrender today, announcing she would no longer pursue corruption charges against former county coroner Cyril Wecht, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette announces today. She remains convinced that a crime occurred, she notes, justifying her decision to prosecute one of the area’s most prominent Democrats over the use of office phones and faxes for private business, among other things.
“However, in our society everyone is innocent until proven guilty,” she said. “As we stand here today, he’s still innocent. If I could have a do-over, I’d still bring the case.”
Buchanan continues in office pending the Obama Administration’s appointment of her successor. She has announced her desire to stay on, but her offer has not been accepted by the new administration.
More from Scott Horton:
Conversation — August 5, 2016, 12:08 pm
Sidney Blumenthal on the origins of the Republican Party, the fallout from Clinton’s emails, and his new biography of Abraham Lincoln
Conversation — March 30, 2016, 3:44 pm
Joseph Hickman discusses his new book, The Burn Pits, which tells the story of thousands of U.S. soldiers who, after returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, have developed rare cancers and respiratory diseases.
Number of tombstones in Tombstone, Arizona:
Electrofishing on the Irrawaddy River deters dolphins from their habit of assisting fishermen.
Trump tweeted that “millions of people” had illegally cast ballots in last month’s presidential election, and the Washington Post identified four cases of voter fraud across the country.
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"It is an interesting and somewhat macabre parlor game to play at a large gathering of one’s acquaintances: to speculate who in a showdown would go Nazi. By now, I think I know. I have gone through the experience many times—in Germany, in Austria, and in France. I have come to know the types: the born Nazis, the Nazis whom democracy itself has created, the certain-to-be fellow-travelers. And I also know those who never, under any conceivable circumstances, would become Nazis."