August 10, 2002

SIX MONTHS SUSPENSION WITHOUT PAY for leaving anti-Muslim graffiti in the house of a suspect. Is that enough punishment for this Secret Service agent? It’s nontrivial, but is it enough to get the message across?

UPDATE: In the comments, Brian Erst notes that the agent’s name is still being kept secret. But why? Initially, it might have been because of doubt about his guilt, but that’s over now.

If I were a criminal defense lawyer in a case involving the Secret Service, I’d ask if any of the agents involved in my case was the one who had done this. Every time. Because an agent who’d leave this sort of thing in a suspect’s home might plant evidence, too.

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