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To the editor: In the story “ At DOJ, a Hard Job to Fill” [May 21, Page 1], the writers referred to the Moussaoui prosecution as “largely bungled.” Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty is, by now, quite used to criticism from many sources. This critique, however, is both incorrect and inappropriate. For almost four years, as court-appointed counsel for the defendant, I had a front row seat at the prosecution of Zacarias Moussaoui. The work done by prosecutors Robert Spencer, David Novak, David Raskin, and their team was outstanding. They came within one vote from one juror of winning a death sentence. In that regard, I would hardly call that effort bungled. In using that term, I assume the writers are referring to the actions of Carla Martin, the Federal Aviation Administration attorney caught red-handed coaching witnesses in violation of court orders. That matter was brought to the attention of the court by the prosecutors in compliance with their ethical and legal obligations and was representative of their integrity — not of bungling. Thus, to suggest that there were “performance-related” issues with the prosecution team in the Moussaoui case is simply wrong and unfair. Edward B. MacMahon Jr. Middleburg, Va.

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