How David Petraeus avoided felony charges and possible prison time


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How David Petraeus avoided felony charges and possible prison time
Washington Post ^ | January 25, 2016 | Adam Goldman

Posted on 10/14/2016, 3:17:25 PM by Vendome

Interesting to note that Paula Broadwell “Was Not Charged with a Single Crime”

Here’s why: Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. and FBI Director James B. Comey listened as prosecutors did a mock run-through of the government’s case, a preview of how they would present their evidence to Petraeus’s lawyers in order, they hoped, to force a guilty plea.

The presentation included felony charges: lying to the FBI and violating a section of the Espionage Act. A conviction on either carried potentially years in prison.

They were also considering bringing the same charges against Petraeus’s biographer and former mistress, Paula Broadwell.

The government would never file those charges. Not everyone at Justice shared the prosecutors’ confidence, and lawyers for Petraeus and Broadwell separately pushed back hard, saying they would fight and beat the charges being considered. Moreover, with its mix of sex and government secrets, a trial promised to be an uncomfortably tawdry affair, one some in the government — as well as defense lawyers — preferred to avoid.

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Source: How David Petraeus avoided felony charges and possible prison time

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