The Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) in the U.S. Department of Justice is supposed to act as a watchdog, keeping a sharp eye on possible misconduct by federal prosecutors.
With evidence of prosecutorial misconduct mounting around the country, one must wonder if the OPR watchdog has overdosed on Ambien.
Particularly troubling is a report from Richard B. Schmitt, of The Los Angeles Times, noting OPR's penchant for shrouding its work in secrecy. Schmitt's report indicates the sleuths at OPR are more interested in covering up prosecutorial misconduct than in bringing it to light.
With that as a backdrop, Tommy Stevenson of the Tuscaloosa News reports that OPR officials, at long last, have contacted the attorneys for former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman, the subject of the best-known case of possible political prosecution by the Bush Justice Department.
A reasonable person might think that OPR would have contacted Siegelman's attorneys months ago. But the wheels of "justice" turn slowly, and very unreliably, in BushWorld. Stevenson says it is too early to know if the contact from OPR is anything more than a courtesy call.