Ex-DOJ Atty Alleges Rights Violations In Cross-Border Cases

By Jody Godoy (February 6, 2020, 8:08 PM EST) -- A former prosecutor at the U.S. Department of Justice's Fraud Section alleged in an internal complaint last week that prosecutors abused foreign evidence requests, raising questions about whether enough is being done to protect defendants' rights in cross-border cases.

Prosecutors often seek evidence from abroad by requesting help from a foreign government. Federal law allows prosecutors to ask judges to toll the statute of limitations in criminal cases for up to three years while that process plays out.

In a memo filed with the DOJ's Office of the Inspector General last week and first reported by The Wall Street Journal, former...

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