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An internal Justice Department report found that prosecutors and other department employees committed more than 650 violations of law, department rules or professional standards between 2002 and 2013. The report found that more than 400 of those violations were the result of recklessness or intentional misconduct. But it refuses to name those employees.

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  1. Only 650? The Stasi would be wearing an underwhelmed face.

    1. The Stasi was more efficient at tracking this sort of thing

  2. Is this what Holder was talking about when he said, “My people”?

  3. “But it refuses to name those employees”

    I can give you one name – Eric Holder.

    1. Oh, for sure you’ll see the names in the news when they’re tried for their crimes.

      1. Naw, it’ll be in a new brand of secret court, so they can’t out their co-workers’ misconduct as retribution.

      2. Laws are for the little people, not the King’s Men.

    2. or as he’s known in the halls of justice, Il Douche

  4. 650? I thought the agency was bigger than that. Or are these the politically unfavoured employees that they want to purge, so they’re enforcing the rules on just them

  5. That seems a bit low. If the prosecutors in the justice department are anything like the prosecutors everywhere else then that number should be ten times higher.

  6. Speaking of misconduct.

    I saw a few days ago an item about OSHA using the rule where they could use third-party experts to accompany them on inspections to allow union organizers to accompany them on inspections of non-union shops, and now this.

    On Jan. 15, the Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced a “regional emphasis program” for the auto parts manufacturing industry in Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi. In other words, they would face extra scrutiny from OSHA. It became the subject of a contentious exchange between Perez and Rep. Martha Roby, R-Ala., during a Wednesday committee hearing.

    Roby has contended that the inspections are part of a broader plan to assist Big Labor’s efforts to organize southern auto plants. She has cited as evidence a letter last year from OSHA to the Service Employees International Union stating that it would allow union officials to accompany its officials during their inspections under certain circumstances.

    1. Citizens arrest the OSHA and SEIU people for tresspassing, steal their identification and send them to an insane asylum for claiming to be officials.

      1. And when the police get there the person who did the citizen’s arrest is arrested on multiple counts of committing crimes against the king’s men, and sentenced to life in prison.

        1. I never said to include telling the police. You did it wrong.

          1. A citizens arrest is when you hold someone until the police arrive.

            You’re talking something more like vigilante justice.


    2. That is not the worst part. The stated reason OSHA is doing that is those states have higher rates of injury than the national average. This is using 2010 data. And the secretary states that is the latest data available.

      However if you ask the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which is under the labor department, the latest data available is from 2012. That data shows two of the three states have lower rates of injury than the national average — the third apparently does not report injury data.

      I wonder why OSHA is using old data?

  7. And, clearly, all 650 of those violations took place – when? That’s right – through 2008.


    Didn’t think I had to point out the obvious. YOU’RE WELCOME.

  8. But it refuses to name those employees.

    It’s “Internal Affairs”, DUH!

  9. And nothing else happened.

  10. Always add another zero with internal audits. Gov types look at indiscretion numbers like price tags. Nine-nine cents is psychologically more appealing than one dollar so 650 is far less indicative of institutionalized evil than the more accurate (and likely) 6500.

    Anything granted full immunity on human terms is a cesspool that breeds malevolent, totalitarian, and moralizing human scum.

  11. Rule of Law: Those who make the laws rule

  12. An internal Justice Department report found that prosecutors and other department employees committed more than 650 violations of law…

    That it knows of.

    In another study they probably found that, in very rare instances, cops sometimes abuse their powers (but only in the most trivial ways, of course).

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