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Russell Mohkiber, '79 in Counterpunch on DC Legal Controversy

Friday, July 28, 2017   (0 Comments)
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Russell Mohkiber, '79

"DC Disciplinary Counsel Hamilton Fox Won't Let DC Whistleblower Lawyer Go," by Russell Mokhiber, '79, published by Counterpunch on 7/21/17, discusses the case of longtime DC Whistleblower lawyer, Lynne Bernabei, who, along with a Notre Dame Law professor, has been charged with ethical violations relating to their representation of General Electric attorney, Adrianna Koeck, also charged, who blew the whistle on an alleged tax fraud scheme in Brazil.

According to Mokhiber, DC whistleblower lawyers see this as evidence of a double standard favoring corporate attorneys who turn a blind eye toward corporate wrongdoing in violation of ethical rules.

In a related article published last year, entitled DC Whistleblower Lawyers Counter-attack Against DC Disciplinary Counsel, Government Accountability Project Legal Director, Tom Devine, '80, was quoted:

“We have rolled up our sleeves and we are organizing,” Tom Devine of the Government Accountability Project told Corporate Crime Reporter in an interview last week. “We are not going to be passive.”

“These whistleblowers were acting within the legal rights Congress created with the whistleblower statutes,” Devine said. “In the Tamm case, the government didn’t even attempt to charge him with misconduct. His activities were legally protected. In the Bernabei case, the Department of Labor rejected the same charges when General Electric tried to censor Ms. Bernabei’s advocacy for the whistleblower in government proceedings. This is an attack by the DC Bar Counsel on the constitutional authority of Congress and the President to enact the rules of law and for judicial bodies to enforce them. The Bar Counsel is saying that its standards trump and can cancel out the free speech rules that our government has enacted to protect the public against bureaucratic misconduct.”

Longtime Ralph Nader associate, Russell Mokhiber, is editor of the Washington, D.C.-based Corporate Crime Reporter. He is also founder of singlepayeraction.org, and editor of the website Morgan County USA.


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