Washington, DC, March 30, 2006 – The National Whistleblowers Center strongly condemns the March 29, 2006 indictment of former federal prosecutor Richard Convertino. Mr. Convertino, a former award-winning Assistant United States Attorney, disclosed significant deficiencies in the Ashcroft Justice Department’s “war on terror.” After being warned not to testify before a Senate oversight hearing, DOJ stripped Mr. Convertino of his prosecutorial responsibilities and “leaked” highly derogatory information to the press about Mr. Convertino.
Instead of backing down, Mr. Convertno filed a Privacy Act lawsuit
against DOJ and publicly criticized DOJ’s response to 9/11. Mr.
Convertino’s criticisms received national media attention, including an
in-depth review by U. S. News and World Report and a series of articles
published by the Associated Press.
Justice Department officials continuously warned Mr. Convertino to
desist from publicly criticizing the Department of Justice. After He
refused to be silenced, the DOJ combed Mr. Convertino’s distinguished
16 year history as a prosecutor in order to identify any form of
misconduct. Eventually, DOJ indicted Mr. Convertino on highly
suspicious and implausible allegations that he improperly introduced a
photo into evidence at one hearing, and that he improperly requested
that a defendant’s sentence be reduced in a second hearing. Mr.
Convertino has pleaded “no guilty” and intends on vigorously contesting
these charges at trial. Mr. Convertino is being defended by two former
Kris Kolesnik, the Executive Director of the National Whistleblowers
Center, issued the following statement concerning Mr. Convertino:
“This investigation and now indictment of Mr. Convertino by the Justice
Department has been meant from the very beginning to disgrace and
discredit him, derail his career and ruin him financially. It’s a
“Unfortunately, Convertino was never given a chance to confront his
accusers on a factual basis. The Whistleblower Center supports Mr.
Convertino’s efforts to vigorously defend against this retaliatory
prosecution and will continue to actively assist Mr. Convertino’s
Privacy Act/whistleblower lawsuit. This lawsuit is designed to hold
accountable those DOJ officials who violated the law when they leaked
highly derogatory information about Mr. Convertino to the press in
violation of the civil and criminal provisions of the Privacy Act.”
Mr. Convertino, now in private law practice in Plymouth, Michigan,
recently successfully defended Michigan State Trooper (Mr. Jay
Morningstar) who had been charged with murder related to an on-duty
shooting incident. A jury found Mr. Morningstar “not guilty.”
A defense committee has been established to support Mr. Convertino and
publicize his case through an informative web site located at