John CAshcroft

From The New York Times:

WASHINGTON — When the top federal prosecutor in New Jersey needed to find an outside lawyer to monitor a large corporation willing to settle criminal charges out of court last fall, he turned to former Attorney General John Ashcroft, his onetime boss. With no public notice and no bidding, the company awarded Mr. Ashcroft an 18-month contract worth $28 million to $52 million.

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The contract between Mr. Ashcroft’s consulting firm, the Ashcroft Group, and Zimmer Holdings, a medical supply company in Indiana, has also drawn the attention of Congressional investigators.

The New Jersey prosecutor, United States Attorney Christopher J. Christie, directed similar monitoring contracts last year to two other former Justice Department colleagues from the Bush administration, as well as to a former Republican state attorney general in New Jersey.


A spokesman for Mr. Ashcroft said that the Ashcroft Group had not lobbied for the contract but was pleased by the referral.

Ya think?

In the Bush administration, federal prosecutors have increasingly relied on out-of-court settlements with large corporations in criminal investigations that in the past might have resulted in indictments and trials. The settlements often call for outside lawyers to be retained by the companies to monitor the agreements. The contracts call for the lawyers to monitor the company’s compliance with the settlements through financial audits and other types of internal investigations.

A new study by two Texas lawyers, Lawrence D. Finder and Ryan D. McConnell, found that the number of so-called deferred-prosecution or nonprosecution agreements between the department and large companies grew to 35 last year from 5 in 2003.

Often, the names of corporate monitors are not made public. The internal inquiry started after Zimmer Holdings revealed in filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission in late October that it had hired Mr. Ashcroft’s consulting firm, based in Washington, to monitor its settlement of criminal charges based on accusations of kickbacks to doctors involving the company’s knee and hip implants.

The firm said Mr. Christie had directed it to hire Mr. Ashcroft. Mr. Christie has acknowledged that he chose Mr. Ashcroft for the assignment.


Mr. Christie directed similar contracts in settlements with other medical-supply companies to two other former Justice Department colleagues — David N. Kelley, the former United States attorney in Manhattan, and Debra Wong Yang, his counterpart in Los Angeles — and to David Samson, the former Republican attorney general in New Jersey.


Under the settlements with the Justice Department, the companies negotiate the fees with the monitors themselves, a situation legal scholars say has the potential for abuse because companies might be overly generous to encourage leniency.

Department officials said that there were few internal guidelines for hiring independent monitors and that Mr. Christie was not required to seek approval from the Justice Department to name Mr. Ashcroft and the others and had not done so.


In its filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Zimmer said it had agreed to pay the Ashcroft firm a monthly fee of $750,000, and to reimburse it for expenses that were expected to total $150,000 to $250,000 a month.

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7 responses to “John CAshcroft

  1. Got a Grip

    I lived under the hellish years of Cashcroft as governor of Missouri, then had the pleasure of casting my vote for a dead man to keep him from becoming my Senator. Then Chimpy decided it would be a swell idea to hire him for AJ. They’re both disgusting on so many levels…..

  2. Friend of the court

    The way that the Bush Administration blows by the laws regulating government contracting is the driving wheel of their entire criminal enterprise.

  3. nonnie9999

    yeah, i love how they were so surprised that they got the business. i’m sure cashcroft knew nothing about it. another sanctimonious hypocrite. i wonder if all the noise from thumping their bibles make them deaf to the outrage.

  4. nightowl724

    The 29 Million Dollar Man. What a mind you have, kiddo. Excellent! And, I like that you made the Department of Bling seal big enough so I could read the Quid Pro Quo motto.

    Cashcroft. I had sympathy for him for about five minutes when he was invaded at the hospital by Card and Gonzo.

    This startled me: “agreements between the department and large companies grew to 35 last year from 5 in 2003.” I knew nothing about this shit happening. Thanks for the heads-up.

  5. nonnie9999

    if we found out about this, just think about how much shit we don’t know about. it is frightening, especially knowing that this maladministration has a penchant for rewarding some very dangerous people (i’m looking at you, erik prince!).

  6. maybe he needs this money to cover all the naked statues all over the country……

  7. nonnie9999

    hey dcap! 😀
    you read my mind. i was trying to figure out where i could fit some draped statues in the poster, but there was just no room. 😦