Ex-Bush Atty Can Nix Contempt Of Congress Plea: Judge

Law360, New York (August 3, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT) -- A Washington federal judge on Wednesday allowed former Bush administration lawyer Scott Bloch to withdraw his guilty plea for contempt of Congress, overturning a magistrate judge who denied the move even though Bloch hadn’t been informed of a mandatory prison sentence.

Bloch, the controversial former head of the federal whistleblower protection program, was sentenced in March to one month in prison after admitting he hired a company to scrub his computer in response to a 2007 information request from a U.S. House of Representatives investigation committee....
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