Ex-Whistleblower Counsel Stuck With Guilty Plea

Law360, New York (March 10, 2011, 10:00 PM EST) -- A magistrate judge refused Wednesday to let the former head of the federal whistleblower protection office recant his guilty plea to criminal contempt of Congress, ruling that he should have known the crime carried a minimum one-month prison sentence.

Magistrate Judge Deborah A. Robinson of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia denied an unopposed motion to withdraw the guilty plea by Scott J. Bloch, who headed up the U.S. Office of Special Counsel under President George W. Bush, because the mandatory minimum sentence...
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