The Clarion-Ledger, 5/26/8

The Justice Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility is now investigating allegations of selective prosecution in cases involving Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Oliver Diaz Jr. and former prominent trial lawyer Paul Minor, who both have maintained their prosecutions were politically motivated.

“This really is a major step for the office to investigate its own prosecutors in the Justice Department,” said Diaz, who was cleared of any wrongdoing.

The office also is investigating allegations of selective prosecution in the convictions of Democratic officials, former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman and Wisconsin procurement official Georgia Thompson.

In a May 5 letter to House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers Jr., H. Marshall Jarrett, counsel for the Office of Professional Responsibility, wrote that the Justice Department was examining allegations of selective prosecution related to Diaz, Minor, Siegelman and Thompson.