David Siegal in Bloomberg Businessweek: Christie Bridge Prosecutors Face Hard Immunity Decisions

05/07/2014


U.S. prosecutors and New Jersey legislators face hard choices about whether to give immunity to former loyalists to Governor Chris Christie to get them to say what they know about the George Washington Bridge lane closings.

The lawmakers and New Jersey U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman are investigating who ordered access lanes closed from Sept. 9 to Sept. 12 in Fort Lee, New Jersey, a scandal that hurt Christie’s popularity as he eyes a Republican run for the White House.

They have to decide whether shielding the loyalists from prosecution in exchange for their testimony is the best path to the truth about whether a crime was committed -- and by whom...

Immunity can make it appear a U.S. attorney gave a free pass, said David Siegal, an ex-federal prosecutor in New York.

“We rarely gave out immunity,” Siegal said. “Immunity is stepping blind into the void. Once a witness has immunity, they generally can’t go to jail and can’t be prosecuted.”

Excerpted from Bloomberg Businessweek, May 7, 2014. To view full article, click here.

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