Diary

Stunt Prosecution of Cheney, Gonzales Tossed

On technical procedural grounds, but the judge advised the prosecutor (himself a former criminal defendant) not to come back:

“I suggest on behalf of the law that you not present any cases to the grand jury involving these defendants,” Banales said in court while ruling that eight indictments against Cheney, Gonzales and others were invalid. According to the AP, Banales withheld judgment on whether probable cause existed for the Cheney and Gonzales indictments because they were not represented in court and did not present any arguments. For the other defendants, he found no probable cause to support the charges.