Sunday, December 06, 2009

Corrupt child abuse prosecution

Ever wonder what happens to bad prosecutors who get caught? A reader reports the story of an overzealous child abuse prosecutor who aggressively promoted child abuse cases, got caught doctoring evidence, and was run out of town. So she got a new career as the mistress of a US Senator!
Melodee Hanes has worked for Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) since 2003. In 2008, Baucus' wife Wanda moved out and Melodee, who was then married to Thomas Bennett, moved in. In 2009, Baucus nominated Melodee as one of 3 candidates to be U.S. Attorney for Montana. Melodee withdrew her candidacy for U.S. Attorney after she was "presented with other opportunities" - namely, a good job in the main U.S. Justice Dept, where she is directs policy for OJJDP. Max and Melodee are now both divorced and living in a DC house that Baucus bought last summer.

Baucus says Melodee got the USDOJ job "solely on her merit." Here is Melodee's legal background. Must be read to be believed.

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