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Judge Slams Prosecutors on Botched Case, Makes Them Read Ruling

Sept. 16, 2020, 10:17 PM

A judge sharply criticized federal prosecutors for failing to turn over important evidence to a businessman accused of violating U.S. sanctions on Iran -- and then ordered the whole high-powered Manhattan office to read her 34-page opinion on the botched case.

U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan found “serious and pervasive issues related to disclosure failures and misleading statements to the court,” detailing problems with the government’s handling of the case against Ali Sadr Hashemi Nejad.

“The cost of such government misconduct is high,” Nathan wrote. “With each misstep, the public faith in the criminal-justice system further erodes. With each document...

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