United States v. Swenson

District judge dismisses indictment after female prosecutor fails to turn over evidence to the defense, chews her out: “You’re supposed to know what you’re doing…. It was a lot simpler when you guys wore dark suits, white shirts and navy ties…. We didn’t let girls do it in the old days.” District judge also fails to cite, apply relevant case law. Fifth Circuit: The indictment should not have been dismissed, the judge’s comments were “beneath the dignity of a federal judge,” and a new judge needs to be assigned to the case.

Tags: 2018, Evidence, Fifth Circuit, Judicial Integrity

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