Former U.S. Attorney Applauds Prosecutors In Roger Stone Case

By Steve Goldstein
Published: Wednesday, February 12, 2020 - 12:21pm

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Paul Charlton.

A former Arizona U.S. attorney commends the federal prosecutors who withdrew from the Roger Stone case. The four attorneys filed notices Tuesday to no longer be a part of the case. One prosecutor outright quit.

They previously submitted a sentencing recommendation of seven to nine years for President Trump’s friend and one-time campaign adviser. But higher ups in the Justice Department later submitted a recommendation that Stone receive "far less" time in prison.

Paul Charlton was a career federal prosecutor who was appointed Arizona U.S. attorney in the George W. Bush administration. He was removed from office after refusing to seek the death penalty in case he believed did not warrant it. Charlton is now an attorney with the Dentons law firm. He also teaches prosecutorial ethics at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.

The Show spoke to Charlton earlier this morning and asked him just how rare it is for career prosecutors to hastily withdraw from a case.

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