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"Raw Story" featured Distinguished Criminal Justice Fellow at Pace Law School Mimi Rocah in "Ex-prosecutor flogs GOP Whip for ‘really dumb’ argument impeachment should be declared a mistrial"

10/31/2019

"Raw Story" featured Distinguished Criminal Justice Fellow at Pace Law School Mimi Rocah in "Ex-prosecutor flogs GOP Whip for ‘really dumb’ argument impeachment should be declared a mistrial"

Former federal prosecutor Mimi Rocah, who worked in the Southern District of New York, fact-checked Scalise’s argument.

“Actually, in a court of law, the trial wouldn’t even have started yet so this is really dumb. House is in the investigation/grand jury phase which always takes place behind closed doors,” Rocah explained.

The trial phase in impeachment would occur in the United States Senate, with Chief Justice John Roberts presiding.

Rocah suggested that Scalise would miss the days when testimony was being given behind closed doors.

“The open hearings and trial part is coming and you’re really gonna hate that part,” she predicted.

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"Raw Story" featured Distinguished Criminal Justice Fellow at Pace Law School Mimi Rocah in "Giuliani’s butt-dialing mishap provides the ‘smoking gun’ that leads to Trump: ex-prosecutor"

10/29/2019

"Raw Story" featured Distinguished Criminal Justice Fellow at Pace Law School Mimi Rocah in "Giuliani’s butt-dialing mishap provides the ‘smoking gun’ that leads to Trump: ex-prosecutor"

Former federal prosecutor Mimi Rocah walked through all of the ways that the president’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, is in more trouble than he might think.

Former acting national security adviser Charles Kupperman refused to give a deposition to Republican and Democratic members of the Intelligence Committee Monday. MSNBC host Ayman Mohyeldin asked Rocah if it was time for Democrats to begin going to court to demand cooperation.

“I think the Democrats are in a very good position,” she explained. “They already have several, what I would consider as a former prosecutor, several smoking guns. The transcript itself — the summary is incriminating — the summary of the call. I think, obviously, Bill Taylor’s testimony; it sounds like [Gordon] Sondland — he too saw, essentially, a quid pro quo. That’s what his lawyer is trying to say anyway.”

But a key component of the case, Rocah said, is Giuliani’s carelessness.

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"Raw Story" featured Distinguished Criminal Justice Fellow at Pace Law School Mimi Rocah in "Lt Colonel Alexander Vindman is ‘the kind of witness that prosecutors dream about’: Mimi Rocah"

10/29/2019

"Raw Story" featured Distinguished Criminal Justice Fellow at Pace Law School Mimi Rocah in "Lt Colonel Alexander Vindman is ‘the kind of witness that prosecutors dream about’: Mimi Rocah"

Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Mimi Rocah said Lt. Colonel Alexander Vindman will be a “star witness” when he testifies before Congress.

Vindman, who is on active duty in the U.S. Army and received a Purple Heart for his service in Iraq, is scheduled to testify on Tuesday before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, and the House Committee on Oversight and Reform.

He is the director for European affairs on the National Security Council and attended Ukraine President Zelensky’s inauguration with Energy Secretary Rick Perry, special envoy Kurt Volker and Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, who have become known as “The Three Amigos.”

For analysis, MSNBC’s Brian Williams interviewed Rocah on “The 11th Hour.”

“Counselor, is this what you would call in the law a star witness?” Williams asked.

“Absolutely,” Rocah replied.

“You know, this is the kind of witness that prosecutors dream about,” she added.

“For a couple of reasons. One, as you pointed out, he’s a first-hand witness,” Rocah explained. “He was on the call. So, amongst other things, he can be questioned about what were those ellipses in the summary, is there more? I don’t want to raise expectations because this call is damning as it is, but there are factual questions that he now gets to be asked.”

“Two, the Republicans can’t make this argument — which I think was a ridiculous argument, anyway — but they can’t make it with him of, well, he doesn’t have any first-hand knowledge,” she noted. “We need to know everything surrounding the call.”

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"Raw Story" featured Elisabeth Haub School of Law's Distinguished Criminal Justice Fellow Mimi Rocah in "Mimi Rocah expects Trump team to turn on each other"

09/30/2019

"Raw Story" featured Elisabeth Haub School of Law's Distinguished Criminal Justice Fellow Mimi Rocah in "Mimi Rocah expects Trump team to turn on each other"

Former federal prosecutor Mimi Rocah on Friday laid out why she believes Donald Trump’s associates will begin to turn on each other during the impeachment inquiry into the White House. Rocah served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney and is a distinguished fellow in criminal justice at Pace Law.

“First of all, this is what is frankly pretty brilliant about subpoenaing [Mike] Pompeo first. You are starting to see people turn on each other,” she noted.

“I had trials like this as a prosecutor, multi-defendant trials,” she explained. “Where all of a sudden, when trial started, fingers started pointing at the other defendant, one another. I think that’s going to happen here.”

“Pompeo and Rudy Giuliani already — they can’t both be telling the truth and not implicate the other one. Their stories just don’t match up,” Rocah noted.

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"Raw Story" featured Pace University's Elisabeth Haub School of Law's Distinguished Criminal Justice Fellow Mimi Rocah in "Ex-prosecutor explains what will happen with the ongoing cases against Epstein after his jailhouse suicide"

08/12/2019

"Raw Story" featured Pace University's Elisabeth Haub School of Law's Distinguished Criminal Justice Fellow Mimi Rocah in "Ex-prosecutor explains what will happen with the ongoing cases against Epstein after his jailhouse suicide"

With high-powered hedge fund manager Jeffrey Epstein dead of apparent suicide before he could be tried for child sex trafficking, many are wondering what happens to the pending — and ongoing — cases against him.

Former federal prosecutor Mimi Rocah did her best to sum up what happens, and what should happen, next with MSNBC’s Joy Reid.

“The important people are the people Jeffrey Epstein victimized and trafficked to other people,” Reid began. “What happens regarding the previous plea deal that he was able to get, a very sweet deal where he could leave jail six days a week to go and have a private car pick him up and take him to work? The fact that that happens, what happens to any cases that deal with that, that deal with the prosecutors and whoever was involved in letting this guy essentially walk the first time. What happens to those cases, or is there a case? Is there a way to still hold people to account? ”

“Well, there is still a civil proceeding pending in Florida,” explained Rocah. “And there are now new, you know, criminal investigations, as I understand it, at the state level in Florida, all looking into that plea deal, and there is an investigation in the Department of Justice and the Office of Professional Responsibility. All of those, frankly, will be the least affected by this, in the sense that, those are focused on the actions of law enforcement and prosecutors in Florida at the time, you know, Acosta, as we know, the Florida sheriff, so those in some ways will be the least affected, and will still, I think, be able to provide some small, hopefully measure of justice for these victims.”

“I think part of getting justice for the victims is getting answers to the question of how in the world this was allowed to happen, that he got such a sweet deal the first time around, I don’t even want to call it a sweet dial, such a travesty of justice, a failure of our justice system,” added Rocah. “I think those answers are still very much worth pursuing, regardless of where Jeffrey Epstein is or frankly even how he died. Those are obviously important questions too, but I think getting answers to what happened the first time around is very very important to our justice system going forward, to these victims personally. I think those will be pursued and I hope we will get some light and answers on those.”

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"Raw Story" featured Pace Law distinguished fellow in criminal justice Mimi Rocah in "Reporters ‘absolutely must’ ask Barr these 7 questions at Mueller report press conference: Ex-prosecutor"

04/19/2019

"Raw Story" featured Pace Law distinguished fellow in criminal justice Mimi Rocah in "Reporters ‘absolutely must’ ask Barr these 7 questions at Mueller report press conference: Ex-prosecutor"

The former chief prosecutor of the organized crime and racketeering unit for the Southern District of New York on Wednesday laid out the critical questions reporters must ask Attorney General Bill Barr at his Thursday morning press conference.

Pace Law distinguished fellow in criminal justice Mimi Rocah, who is also a legal analyst for MSNBC, published her list in reply to a question on Twitter.

“Not that the reporters (necessarily) need the help, but can we groupthink a short list of 3-5 questions they absolutely must ask Barr?” Twitter user McDeereUSA posted.

“Why isn’t Mueller at the press conference?” Rocah asked. “Was he invited to participate?”

Rocah also had a series of questions on redactions.

“Who from his team participated in the redaction process? Were there written or oral guidelines given on what to redact and if so what were they? When were the redactions complete?” she listed.

“You could have moved to have the whole report unsealed pursuant to 6e (absent on-going investigations & classified information). You indicated early on that you wouldn’t. Why wouldn’t you want people to see as much of the report as possible?” she continued.

“Definitely (as others have suggested) — how did you define ‘secret grand jury information’ and why did you define it that way?” Rocah added.

She was also focused on how the investigation concluded.

“Why did the investigation end when it did? Who decided that? Did Mueller say he was ready to stop?” Rocah added.

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"Raw Story" featured Pace Haub Law School Professor Mimi Rocah in "Sex crime plea deal for Trump pal Epstein ripped by ex-prosecutor: ‘Intentionally corrupted to protect certain people’"

12/14/2018

"Raw Story" featured Pace Haub Law School Professor Mimi Rocah in "Sex crime plea deal for Trump pal Epstein ripped by ex-prosecutor: ‘Intentionally corrupted to protect certain people’"

A former federal prosecutor told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that the child sex crime prosecution of billionaire Jeffrey Epstein appeared to be “intentionally corrupted” — and she said a new investigation is needed.

Mimi Rocah, a former U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York, called for a Justice Department investigation into a secret plea agreement that landed Epstein in jail for just 13 months — and kept many details of the allegations against him from going public.

“I can see just in public reports that the handling of this case differed greatly from my experience in 16 years, where I did lots of sex crimes (and) sex trafficking prosecutions, how this case differed greatly and the way it was handled — huge red flags that something here was not right,” Rocah said. “This was not handled in the way that sex trafficking cases would normally be handled, where defendants who have frankly much less bad conduct go to jail for 10, 15 years because those are very strict mandatory minimums written into our laws.”

Rocah said the well-connected Epstein — who was friends with both President Donald Trump and former President Bill Clinton — should have spent the rest of his life in prison for sexually abusing and raping dozens of girls.

“Jeffrey Epstein got a slap on the wrist,” she said. “Something went wrong here in the system. You know, it seems like it was intentionally corrupted to protect certain people, but we need an official investigation. The Department of Justice, office of the inspector general is probably the right mechanism to do that.”

She said federal prosecutors in Florida — including Trump’s now-Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta — crafted an unusual plea deal that should perhaps be thrown out.

“If there’s misconduct that was found,” Rocah added, “that would then enable or help the victims in being able to, first of all, seek further civil justice, and possibly allow, you know, a new prosecution because the agreement that was reached with Epstein could perhaps be thrown out.”

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