If you’ve had the misfortune of interacting with the Office of Special Counsel during Scott Bloch’s tenure and have something you wish to make known to the federal judge currently deciding whether to sentence him to jail, this post is for you. Making your voice heard is all the more important since the government is trying to cut a deal with Bloch to let him walk free.
I was in court yesterday and bore witness to a Justice Department lawyer who sounded no different than Bloch’s defense attorney. I don’t know who was representing the public in front of the judge that day, but it wasn’t him. Luckily, you can speak on your own behalf.
Here’s what you need to do:
1. Download this template: Template for victim impact statement (word file)
2. Speak about your experiences, but do not include information about third parties (or else it will be rejected by the clerk). You can urge the court to sentence Bloch as harshly or as leniently as you see fit.
3. Print three copies, sign where appropriate, and mail one copy to the judge, one to the government lawyer, and one to Bloch’s attorney.
4. The deadline is the day of the scheduled sentencing hearing (for now it’s March 10. I will provide updates as we get close.)
Whatever you send, as long as it abides by the court rules, will become part of the public docket.
D.C. Federal District Court
Magistrate Judge Deborah Robinson
333 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Winston and Strawn
1700 K St, NW
Washington, DC 20006
Glenn S. Leon
Department of Justice
Special Proceeding Section
555 Fourth St, NW
Washington, DC 20530
Cross-posted at Whistleblower Lawyer.