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Tag: Stephanie Gallagher

Ex-Fed Prosecutor Named U.S. Magistrate in Baltimore

Stephanie Gallagher

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Former Baltimore federal prosecutor Stephanie A. Gallagher has been named a U.S. District Magistrate Judge in Baltimore.

Gallagher, 38, served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Baltimore office for seven years before forming the firm Levin & Gallagher in Baltimore.

At the U.S. Attorney’s Office she investigated and prosecuted a number of high profile cases involving public corruption, money laundering, RICO, mail and wire fraud, bank fraud, tax offenses, and narcotics trafficking. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School.

Steven Levin, her law partner and former supervisor at the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a statement:

“I have had the honor of working with Stephanie both in government service, where she proved herself to be a dedicated public servant, and in the private sector, where she has shown herself to be a consummate professional through the exercise of her sound judgment and constant adherence to the highest ethical standards.’

Levin is a contributing columnist for ticklethewire.com.

Ex-Fed Prosecutor Gallagher’s Read on the Jefferson Case: Money Talks But So Do Witnesses

Stephanie Gallagher

Stephanie Gallagher

By Stephanie Gallagher
Fraud With Peril Blog

Everyone knows that “money talks.” The biggest problem for former Congressman William J. Jefferson, however, may be that witnesses talk, even if money doesn’t.

The case against Congressman Jefferson is infamous because of $90,000 in cash found in his freezer in 2005. When that money was found, the story was all over the news, and many people believed Jefferson guilty, without hearing anything more.

Most people don’t have $90,000 in their freezers, and it is an easy issue for the general public to grasp. Recognizing that position, in opening statements this week, Jefferson’s defense attorney began by providing his explanation for the “cold hard cash:” the money was provided to Jefferson for a bribe, but Jefferson never intended to bribe the foreign official in question, and simply hid the money from his household employees.

The plausibility of that explanation can be debated (and has been debated vociferously at the Levin & Gallagher water cooler). If the jury believes the defense’s explanation, or, more importantly, believes that the government has failed to prove that the frozen money was intended for a bribe, then acquittal is certainly possible on that count.

The government’s decision not to call the cooperating witness (CW) who provided the $90,000 in marked bills to Jefferson may help the defense’s position (although Jefferson’s recorded phone calls with that CW may still provide compelling evidence).

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Former Fed Prosecutor Doesn’t Think There’s a Systemic Integrity Problem at Dept. of Justice

Stephanie GallagherBy Stephanie Gallagher
Fraud With Peril Blog

The Department of Justice has had several high-profile incidents in the past few weeks calling into question the integrity of its prosecutors – specifically the aftermath of the Ted Stevens trial, during which prosecutors failed to disclose exculpatory evidence, and the Shaygan trial in Miami, during which prosecutors and agents secretly taped the defense attorney’s conversations with his client. These incidents have caused some to question whether there is a systemic problem within DOJ causing prosecutors to ignore some of the most basic principles guiding the fair pursuit of justice.

I think the answer is no.

In my experience on both sides of the playing field, I have seen several examples of attorneys, for whom I have immense respect, who have come quite close to or crossed lines on occasion, either in the zealous representation of a client or in prosecuting a defendant who appears unquestionably guilty of serious crimes.

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