Thursday, January 26, 2006

Can You Say, Spoliation of Evidence?

Talking Points Memo says Reflection Photography, a studio that does photo shoots for the Republican Party in Washington, has destroyed a previously publicly-available photograph of George W. Bush with Jack Abramoff.

Convenient, no? Illegal? Probably.

Spoliation has been defined as the willful destruction of evidence or the failure to preserve potential evidence for another's use in pending or future litigation.

Or maybe they can apply this law:
The federal crime of obstruction of justice is defined by 18 U.S.C. § 1503 to include conduct that, among other things, corruptly endeavors to obstruct or impede the due administration of justice. To sustain its burden of proof, the government must prove that there was pending judicial proceeding, that the defendant knew this proceeding was pending, and that the defendant then corruptly endeavored to influence, obstruct, or impede the due administration of justice.

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