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Paralegal Whistle Blower? – An update

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

Multiple sources are reporting on the U.S. Office of Special Counsel’s action regarding a whistleblower complaint by former USDoJ paralegal Tamarah Grimes, a case previously discussed here. This report is from the Associated Press through the Anniston Star:

MONTGOMERY — The U.S. Office of Special Counsel says complaints brought by a U.S. Department of Justice paralegal in the prosecution of former Gov. Don Siegelman were unsubstantiated. Tamarah Grimes, who worked on the team prosecuting the corruption case against Siegelman and HealthSouth founder Richard Scrushy, filed a complaint in 2007 under whistleblower protection laws.

She accused prosecutors of mismanagement, failure to report improper contact with jurors and initiating a criminal investigation against her in retaliation for filing an Equal Employment Opportunity complaint.

 A DOJ investigation rejected the accusations. In a Sept. 29 letter to President Barack Obama, Associate Special Counsel William E. Reukauf said the findings appeared to be reasonable, and the office has closed the case.

Grimes has called the DOJ report on her complaint one-sided and incomplete.

Of course, I have no special knowledge about this matter, so I can only report what I read. This certainly would not be the first DOJ report that was one-sided and incomplete, especially when the report reflects on DOJ or related agencies.

I suspect we will be hearing more on this. In any case, it is a good case to spark discussions on the difficulties paralegals face when confronted with unethical conduct by attorneys.