Quick Picks: Well-Connected Bank Lobbyists and More Prosecutor Misconduct
Bailed-out banks are hiring former congressional aides to lobby their ex-bosses—i.e., the lawmakers overseeing the financial rescue—and push their interests in Washington, reports Mother Jones. What’s more, some lawmakers refuse to disclose what contact they’ve had with these aides-turned-lobbyists.
Also, a judge reprimanded the Miami U.S. attorney’s office for conducting a secret investigation of the defense’s legal team in the high-profile case of a Florida doctor, reports the Miami Herald. The prosecutors tried—unsuccessfully—to catch defense attorneys on tape taking a bribe and presented informants as impartial witnesses during the trial. The Miami U.S. attorney issued a statement acknowledging that “mistakes” had been made.