The New York Observer reports that Chief Judge Morrison C. England Jr. of the Eastern District of California has ordered the recusal of every federal judge in the district in light of new evidence of misconduct by federal prosecutors and investigators in what was dubbed the “Moonlight Fire” case, a multi-million dollar government suit against Sierra Pacific claiming the lumber company was responsible for a 2007 California wildfire. Sierra Pacific and other defendants paid out $55 million and transferred 22,500 acres of land to settle the DOJ’s claims, despite maintaining the fire started elsewhere and furthermore that the prosecution’s claims were patent lies.
A motion recently filed discloses evidence of a systematic campaign by federal and state investigators to misdirect the Court for the purpose of recovering money in the case, which has now been referred to Judge Alex Kozinski in the Ninth Circuit who “excoriated prosecutors for failing to meet their legal and ethical obligations.”
One former federal prosecutor who left the case commented: “It’s called the Department of Justice…not the Department of Revenue.”
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