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Attorney General Michael Mukasey was hard pressed to justify his March 27 California speech on public corruption, which came just two weeks after the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles disbanded its public corruption unit. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) in a letter to Mukasey demanded an explanation of the move. Mukasey’s remarks came on the same day the feds announced an indictment of Puerto Rico Gov. Anibal Acevedo Vila — a Democrat — on fund-raising-related charges. “The timing was coincidental, not planned,” says a Justice Department spokesman. On the same day, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit ordered the release of Alabama ex-Gov. Don Siegelman — a Democrat — while he appeals a seven-year sentence for a bribery conviction that Democrats say is proof of selective prosecution. Mukasey cited as successes the cases of former Reps. Randy “Duke” Cunningham (R-Calif.) and Robert Ney (R-Ohio) Investigations must be conducted “without fear or favor, and utterly without regard to the political affiliation,” Mukasey said to the Commonwealth Club of San Francisco. “After all, a corruption investigation that is motivated by partisan politics is just corruption by another name.”
Pedro Ruz Gutierrez can be contacted at [email protected].

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