Gonzales recuses himself from Enron case Alexandria Samuel at 11:33 AM ET
[JURIST] The Justice Department announced late Thursday that US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales [JURIST news archive] will not oversee the Enron criminal proceedings [JURIST news archive]. While no reason was given for the decision, Gonzales did legal work for Enron in the early 1990s, and accepted a $6,000 campaign contribution from an Enron political committee. Former Attorney General John Ashcroft also recused himself from the proceeding because he accepted campaign funds from the company during his Senate campaign. The proceeding will continue as scheduled, but prosecutors on the case will not report all the way up the chain of command to Gonzales. AP has more.
Paper Chase is JURIST's real-time legal news service, powered by a team of 30 law student reporters and editors led by law professor Bernard Hibbitts at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. As an educational service, Paper Chase is dedicated to presenting important legal news and materials rapidly, objectively and intelligibly in an accessible, ad-free format.