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Defense: Bid Rig III Future Research Issues

Defendants credibly maintain that the corrupted prosecution in Bid Rig III has three key aspects:

1. Prosecutors' Conflicts and Their Failure to Recuse

a.) Donating to Christie's campaign and taking a stake in
his election while investigating and prosecuting a case that directly 
benefited the Christie's campaign.
b.) Negotiating and accepting and interviewing for
employment with Christie Administration while investigating and prosecuting a  
case that benefit Christie's
campaign and future political prospects.
c.) Michele Brown's secret personal loan of $46,000 from Christie while played a part as No. 2 in her office in overseeing the probe

2. DOJ's Failure to Follow Its Guidelines

a.) Receiving appropriate authorization from the Public Integrity
b.) Unauthorized use of a confidential human source:

Failure to guard having a minimal adverse impact on
innocent individuals by corrupting election results.
Unauthorized breaking of New Jersey's
constitutionally protected Election and Campaign Finance Laws.

3. DOJ Cover-up and Obstruction of Justice by its Office of
Professional Responsibility (OPR)

a.) OPR knew about 1a, 1b, and 1c after two United States Congressman and a United States Senator wrote the DOJ from August through October 2009 demanding an investigation. OPR then:

b.) Allowed the prosecution, imprisonment and violation of defendants' due process rights by failing to take appropriate action in the face of the New Jersey U.S. Attorney's Office's violation of DOJ guidelines and law-breaking. OPR's still-secret letter purportedly clearing Acting U.S. Attorney Ralph Marra of alleged guideline violations during the July 23, 2009 press conference announcing the indictments is not "appropriate action" given the scope of the overall interest conflicts and harms.

Bid Rig III Research Resources

Selected News & Opinion Columns
New: Newark Star-Ledger / NJ.com, Gov. Chris Christie's commandments ring hollow, Kevin Manahan, Sept. 19, 2010
New: Newark Star-Ledger, Ex-Assemblyman Louis Manzo responds to government's appeal in corruption case, Melissa Hayes, Sept. 16, 2010
New: Justice Integrity Project, Politicians, Press Cheat Taxpayers By Ignoring DOJ’s Wasteful Witch-Hunts, Sept. 9, 2010
OpEd News, Obama, Press Ignore GOPer Use of DOJ to Cheat Voters, Taxpayers, Sept. 9, 2010
Star-Ledger/NJ.com, Reforming Jersey, Point by Point, Star-Ledger Staff, Sept. 9, 2010
Ledger Live Video, N.J. Gov. Christie shifts from Race to Top blunder to reform agenda, Sept. 9, 2010
Politicker NJ, Christie set to take his star power for a test drive, Darryl R. Isherwood, Sept. 8, 2010
Courier-PostN.J. federal prosecutor doesn't get it, Bob Ingle, Aug. 29, 2010
Bloomberg, Gov. Christie threatens to veto N.J. agencies' board minutes if Democrats don't approve his appointees, Aug. 23, 2010
Newark Star-Ledger, Former Hoboken Mayor Peter Cammarano gets 2 years in prison for taking bribes, Ted Sherman, Aug. 5, 2010
Bergen Record/NorthJersey.com, Judge dismisses charges against former Bergen Democratic Party leader Ferriero, Peter J. Sampson, July 29, 2010
Harper’s/No CommentMore on the Latest DOJ Whitewash, Scott Horton, July 26, 2010
Bergen Record/NorthJersey.com, Informant won't have to take lie-detector test, Peter J. Sampson, July 25, 2010
Newark Star-Ledger/NJ.com, Top Ex-N.J. Officials Are Cleared Of Ethics Violations One Year After Comments About FBI Corruption Probe, Jon Margolin and Ted Sherman, July 25, 2010
Legal Schnauzer, Report on U.S. Attorney Firings Reads Like A Farce, Roger Shuler, July 23, 2010
Jersey Journal/NJ.com, One Year Later, Louis Manzo Fighting Back At Corruption Charges, July 23, 2010, Melissa Hayes
Harper’s/No Comment, Another Audacious Whitewash at DOJ, Scott Horton, July 22, 2010
Associated Press via Daily Record, Ripple Effect Lasts Long After NJ Corruption Busts, David Porter & Samantha Henry, July 17, 2010
Justice Integrity Project, Justice Integrity Project Urges ‘No’ Vote On Kagan, June 28, 2010
AP/NJ.com, Second Jersey City Official Arrested In Corruption Sting Gets Delayed Sentencing, June 11, 2010
Newark Star-Ledger, Federal Judge’s Extortion Ruling Could Bode Well For Some Arrested In NJ Extortion Sting, Joe Ryan, June 1, 2010
Jersey Journal/NJ.com, Main Justice: Justice Department Started Probe Into Handling Of NJ Mass Corruption Investigation, May 27, 2010
Jersey Journal/NJ.com, Political Insider: Credit Manzo's Unwillingness  To Go Along, Agustin C. Torres, May 19, 2010
Jersey Journal/NJ.com, Judge Tosses Hobbs Act Charges Against Former Hudson Assemblyman Lou Manzo and His Brother, May 19, 2010
Newark Star-Ledger/NJ.com, Federal Judge Dismisses Top Counts Against ex-N.J. Assemblyman Charged in FBI Sting, Joe Ryan,
May 18, 2010
Jersey Journal, Judge Drops Extortion Charges Against Former Jersey City Assemblyman Lou Manzo and Brother, Melissa Hayes, May 18, 2010
PolitickerNJ.com, Manzos Plead Not Guilty; 'No One Is Watching The Watchers,' Says Former Assemblyman by Max Pizarro, April 29, 2010
Jersey City News, Federal Indictment Adds Charges for Former Jersey City Mayoral Candidate Lou Manzo and Brother Ronald Manzo by Melissa Hayes, April 23, 2010
What Is News? / Vos Iz Neis? In Deal, Creditors to be Repaid in Solomon Dwek Bankruptcy Case, April 22, 2010 /
U.S. Attorney's Office, FormerJersey City Mayoral Candidate Louis Manzo and Brother Charged With Additional Count of Mail Fraud, April 22, 2010
Associated Press/NJ.com, Former Hoboken Mayor Peter Cammarano Will Plead Guilty Today to Taking $25,000 in Bribes from FBI Sting Informant Solomon Dwek by Joe Ryan, April 20, 2010
Associated Press/NJ.com, N.J. Governor's Office Payroll Increases By $2M Under Christie, April 19, 2010
Newark Star-Ledger/NJ.com, Former Assemblyman Lou Manzo Argues Political Motives Behind N.J. Corruption Sting, Bob Braun, March 25, 2010
Star-Ledger, NJ.comCourt documents say Solomon Dwek stashed $1 million from authorities, March 21, 2010, Ted Sherman
Newark Star-Ledger, Lou Manzo Attacks Gov. Christie by Brian Donohue, March 15, 2010 (Video)
Newark Star-Ledger, First N.J. Corruption Trial in FBI Sweep Ends In Split Verdict, Leaves Future Uncertain, Bob Braun, Feb. 12, 2010
Newark Star-Ledger, Judge in N.J. Corruption Cases Recalls Long Road from Havana to Newark, Bob Braun, Feb. 7, 2010
Newark Star-Ledger, FBI Informant's Testimony In N.J. Corruption Trial Falls Short of 'Knockout' Witness, Bob Braun, Feb. 4, 2010
AP/Jersey Journal, Solomon Dwek Owned Gambling Boat Used For Prostitution, Michaelangelo Conte, Feb. 2, 2010
Newark Star-Ledger, When The Muck Flies, FBI Corruption Witness Solomon Dwek And Feds Vulnerable by Bob Braun, Feb. 1, 2010
New York Times, New Jersey Governor’s Brother: Asset and a Risk, David Kocieniewski, Jan. 5, 2010 
Newark Star-Ledger, Solomon Dwek, Key Witness In FBI's N.J. Corruption Probe, Admits Role In Real Estate Scam, MaryAnn Spoto, Oct. 20, 2010
New York Times, Christie May Have Gotten Improper Aid, David M. Halbfinger, Oct. 19, 2009
Emptywheel, Former US Attorney, Claims He’s Still “Got” Federal Prosecutors, Talked With Them About State Jobs, Marcy Wheeler, Aug. 19, 2009
Harper’s/No Comment, Manure for the Garden State, Scott Horton, August 19, 2009
Newark Star-Ledger/NJ.com, Karl Rove and Chris Christie Discussed N.J. Governor Run While Serving As U.S. Attorney, Michael Rispoli, August 12, 2009
Factcheck.org, Corzine on Christie: Contracts for Cronies? Democrat attacks GOP challenger's anti-corruption creds by suggesting he's ... corrupt, D’Angelo Gore, July 13, 2009
Newark Star-Ledger/NJ.com, N.J. GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Chris Christie's Deferred Prosecution Agreements, Paul Cox, June 25, 2009
Asbury Park Press, Creditors request Dwek bankruptcy, PNC Bank, 2 others initiate action, James W. Prado Roberts, Feb. 10, 2007
Selected Legal, Academic and Policy Commentary
American Bankruptcy Institute, When a Pig Becomes a Hog it is Slaughtered: Retention and Payment of Professionals in Bankruptcy Cases, July, 2010, Honorable Colleen Brown, Dennis J. Drebsky, Michael Farquahr, John Fitzgerald, Kathleen Stapleton
Reason Magazine, The Forfeiture Racket: Police and prosecutors won't give up their license to steal, Radley Balko, February 2010
The Tyranny of Good Intentions: How Prosecutors and Law Enforcement Are Trampling the Constitution in the Name of Justice, Paul Craig Roberts and Lawrence M. Stratton (Three Rivers Press, 2010)
Three Felonies A Day: How the Feds Target the Innocent, Harvey A. Silverglate (Encounter Books 2009)