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Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Law is (sometimes) having to say you're sorry

The Associated Press had an interesting follow-up piece on the controversy surrounding the decision of three of U.S. Attorney Rachel Paulose's deputies to step down from their leadership posts.

Paulose apologizes to staff in wake of resignations

By Frederic Frommer
Associated Press/ April 10, 2007

The U.S. attorney for Minnesota, Rachel Paulose, apologized to her staff this week for "her mistakes" in the wake of the self-demotions of three of the top prosecutors in her office, her spokeswoman said Tuesday.

Also Tuesday, Sen. Norm Coleman, who championed Paulose's nomination last year, told her he was "deeply disappointed" to learn of the resignations, and Rep. Keith Ellison called on Congress to look into the matter.

Paulose's spokeswoman, Jeanne Cooney, said Paulose met with her assistant U.S. attorneys on Monday and had an all-office meeting Tuesday.

"At both of those meetings, the U.S. attorney took responsibility and apologized for her mistakes," Cooney said in a telephone interview Tuesday night. "She also said something to the effect that she pledged to do better as we move forward. She asked employees to remain focused on our mission and our service."

For the full article, click here.

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