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Ex-U.S. Atty. Says New Mexico U.S. Atty. Fouratt Should be Fired

There’s certain protocol prosecutors should follow. One is that if you don’t charge someone with a crime, you don’t publicly say they’re really guilty or suggest something to that effect. The U.S. Attorney may have stepped over the line.

U.S. Atty. Greg Fouratt

U.S. Atty. Greg Fouratt

By Marjorie Childress
The New Mexico Independent

A letter sent by U.S. Attorney Greg Fouratt to defense attorneys involved in a year-long investigation of Gov. Bill Richardson’s administration has been called “stupid” by Joseph diGenova, a former Republican U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia.

According to the Associated Press, diGenova thinks the letter is a political act and that the U.S. attorney “who wrote it” should be given the boot.

Fouratt – who is also a Republican – said in the letter that the lack of charges shouldn’t be “interpreted as exoneration” and that the “pressure from the governor’s office resulted in the corruption of the procurement process.”

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