special prosecutor

A special prosecutor (or special counsel or independent counsel) is a lawyer appointed to investigate and possibly prosecute a specific legal case of potential wrongdoing for which a conflict of interest exists for the usual prosecuting authority. For example, the investigation of an allegation against a sitting president or attorney-general might be handled by a special prosecutor rather than an ordinary prosecutor, who would otherwise be in the position of investigating their own boss. Investigations into others connected to the government but not in a position of direct authority over the prosecutor, such as cabinet secretaries or election campaigns, have also been handled by special prosecutors. The term is not specific to the United States, nor to the federal government. According to Harriger, the concept originates in state law: "state courts have traditionally appointed special prosecutors when the regular government attorney was disqualified from a case, whether for incapacitation or interest." While the most prominent special prosecutors have been those appointed since the 1870s to investigate presidents and those connected to them, the term can also be used to refer to any prosecutor appointed to avoid a conflict of interest or appearance thereof. For example, because district attorneys' offices work closely with police, some activists argue that cases of police misconduct at the state and local level should be handled by "special prosecutors". Wikipedia
New York Daily News Fri, 07/21/2017 - 04:08

Trump wants to know whether he can pardon staff, family, self

Trump has already expressed concern that Robert Mueller’s probe would reach too far.
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The Chicago Sun-Times Wed, 07/19/2017 - 21:18

Van Dyke's lawyer tells judge he will seek a change of venue

With a change of venue, jurors from outside Cook County could be brought in to decide Jason Van Dyke’s fate. Or the trial to could be moved to another county altogether.
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The Chicago Sun-Times Wed, 07/19/2017 - 01:00

New judge appointed in Laquan McDonald cover-up case

Judge Domenica Stephenson was appointed to hear the case against the three CPD officers after Special Prosecutor Patricia Brown Holmes asked to swap judges last week.
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Chicago Tribune Tue, 07/18/2017 - 05:00

COLUMN: Trump should lock Clinton up — or shut up

President Trump needs to stop using allegations against Hillary Clinton to deflect from the Russia investigation, columnist Rex Huppke says.
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Los Angeles Times Mon, 07/17/2017 - 07:11
azcentral Fri, 07/14/2017 - 18:36

Arizona GOP sends ominous email seeking 'voter' info

Did you see this in your inbox?
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New York Magazine Fri, 07/14/2017 - 16:30

Jared Kushner Keeps Making the Russia Scandal So Much Worse

His instincts on how to handle the controversy have consistently created more problems for the Trumps, and his fellow White House staffers.
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The Chicago Sun-Times Thu, 07/13/2017 - 18:57

S.E. CUPP: Let latest damaging Trump Jr. news fully sink in

S.E. CUPP: The freshly killed body of the Jr. story is still warm and twitching on the table. And we’re already on to the next beat?
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news.com.au Wed, 07/12/2017 - 05:21

‘If it’s what you say, I love it’

Donald Trump Jr has released an email chain that showed him discussing plans to hear damaging information on Hillary Clinton.
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