Afternoon Briefs: Protesters charged in state AG protest; Zoom comment aftermath
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87 protesters charged with trying to intimidate prosecutor
Eighty-seven protesters arrested at the home of Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron have been charged with felony intimidation for trying to influence a prosecutor’s decision. The protesters held a sit-in Tuesday to seek the prosecution of police officers in the death of Breonna Taylor. Louisville police said the protesters had chanted they would “burn it down” if they didn’t get what they wanted. (The Associated Press, the Louisville Courier Journal)
Prosecutor loses 2 vacation days for Zoom comment
A prosecutor in Hartford, Connecticut, has been docked two paid vacation days for calling State’s Attorney Gail Hardy a liar during a Zoom hearing. The prosecutor, Mark Brodsky, allegedly said, “Oh come on … liar,” during a hearing on Hardy’s reappointment. It’s not known if Brodsky knew he was unmuted. Hardy ended up withdrawing after she was criticized for taking years to issue reports on four fatal shootings by police. (The Connecticut Law Tribune, the Hartford Courant)
Career moves: Where ousted US Attorney, ex-SG and DOJ official landed
Three well-known lawyers have landed new positions. Ousted Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman will teach a course at Stanford Law School on prosecutorial discretion and ethical duties in federal criminal law. Former U.S. Solicitor General Noel Francisco is rejoining Jones Day. And Jody Hunt, the former chief of the Justice Department’s civil division, is joining Alston & Bird as a senior counsel. (Law.com here, here and here)