H/T Sipsey Street Irregulars
Savannah Morning News has this article about the fallout from the discovery that an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia and an ATF agent from the ATF’s Savannah field office having a five year long love affair. Probably some criminal convictions will have to be set aside.
Here’s an interesting part deep down in the paragraph count:
As for the “S Visa” issue, Tarver said, Valoze worked closely with an informant in Operation Thunderbolt and Operation Pulaski and that he and Ippolito prepared an application for the visa but failed to disclose, among other things, that the informant faced felony warrants for commercial gambling and counterfeiting.
They also didn’t disclose, Tarver said, that the informant apparently stole from ATF’s storefront in Brunswick while acting as an informant and had previous arrests for domestic violence.
Valoze’s “incomplete or misleading statements” in May 2012 “arguably could have been used to impeach his testimony in later cases,” Tarver said.
According to Tarver’s letter, Valoze, under direct examination by Ippolito, failed to disclosed numerous benefits that he provided to the informant and that evidence suggested Ippolito knew of those benefits.
An “S Visa” allows the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to provide a non-citizen who has helped a law enforcement agency as a witness or informant with permission to remain in the country.
“Arguably, Agent Valoze’s testimony left a false impression with the jury that the only benefit received by the informant in exchange for his assistance was legal status in the United States,” Tarver said. “The knowing use of false testimony by the government would violate due process.”
Interesting. A special visa for those otherwise illegal aliens or even legal aliens whose existing legal status is about to run out to get or continue having legal status if they help law enforcement. I did not know that this existed. What this means is that all the people, urban cop chiefs, Razatards, xenophiles and cheap labor cultists who say that we can’t enforce immigration law and/or we need sanctuary cities because illegal aliens need to be able to come forward with information about crime without fear of him or her being deported (like that would ever happen anyway) are full of it. I can forgive myself for not knowing about the S Visa before now, but people like Charlie Beck should know better. Or they actually do know better, and they hope that we don’t.