Remember Aaron Schock? He’s the Illinois Republican Congressman who resigned over a misuse of funds scandal. Now the judge in his case is saying the prosecution messed up. And the judge is an Obama appointee.
Judge complains prosecution ‘misled’ him in Aaron Schock case
The federal judge overseeing the criminal case against former Rep. Aaron Schock leveled an unusual public complaint Tuesday that he was misled by a prosecutor on the case.
Judge Colin Bruce, of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois, also ordered the prosecution to conduct a review of all its court filings in the matter for potential inaccuracies.
Bruce concluded that the lead prosecutor on the case, Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy Bass, gave inaccurate information to the court when he appeared to deny that prosecutors told grand jurors that Schock, a former Illinois Republican congressman, had been subpoenaed to the grand jury but declined to appear.
The acting U.S. attorney for the Central District of Illinois, Patrick Hansen, disclosed in a court filing last month that prosecutors discussed Schock’s possible testimony or decision not to testify on a total of 11 occasions with two grand juries. Hansen defended the prosecution’s actions as proper and said most of the episodes came in response to queries from grand jurors who seemed eager to hear from Schock.
Here’s what the judge said:
“The recent revelation puts this court in a somewhat difficult position as it is now aware that it was misled by the Government,” wrote Bruce, an appointee of President Barack Obama and a veteran of the same U.S. Attorney’s Office. “Unfortunately, this court relied upon, and even quoted, the Government’s inaccurate statement, which it now knows to be false, in a previous order. While the court’s reliance on that statement was not dispositive of any issue, the court must ensure that it does not rely on any inaccurate information in any future orders.”
What a crazy turn of events!