A federal judge on Friday dismissed criminal indictments against 13 more defendants in major drug cases as authorities continued to investigate the growing scandal of an FBI agent accused of tampering with narcotics, firearms and other evidence seized in the cases.
The action by U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton came one day after prosecutors dropped charges against 10 other defendants — some already serving lengthy prison sentences — in related cases.
but added that
Walton dismissed the 13 cases Friday without prejudice, meaning the government could try to refile charges in the future.
President Obama is expected to appoint Loretta Lynch as the next attorney general, CNN reported Friday morning. She would succeed Eric Holder, who announced in September he would step down once a successor is confirmed.
If confirmed, Lynch would be the first female African-American attorney general. The White House would not immediately confirm the report.
Many don’t see any change from Holder
I think if you’re trying to show a change from the Holder era, installing the lead on the HSBC case is not a promising start.
— Matt Taibbi (@mtaibbi) November 8, 2014
2. Lynch was also involved in the abominable HSBC settlement for a paltry $1.2bn for laundering money for Mexican drug cartels.
— David Dayen (@ddayen) November 7, 2014
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