Fox News: U.S. judge says no charges needed against FBI informant
The U.K.’s Independent newspaper reports that a judge has rejected the FBI’s request to dismiss a criminal case against an informant who has been charged with multiple counts of spying on his FBI handlers.
Fox News’ James Rosen reported that U.L.
S Judge James Leggett rejected the request Friday and instead ruled that the case should be dismissed, citing “significant concerns with the informant’s reliability.”
“The fact that he is not being investigated, and has not been charged, is significant to the credibility of the witness and his credibility as a witness,” Legget wrote.
The judge cited a 2015 report from the FBI Inspector General that said “it is unclear whether he is able to be reliable in his testimony, or to provide the required information, or if there is evidence that he cannot provide the information.”
The judge also pointed to the fact that the FBI says it has no “significant ongoing or potential misconduct with respect to the informant.”
Fox News was not immediately able to determine whether the case had been dismissed, though it did not immediately comment on the ruling.
The Associated Press also did not comment on Leggets decision.
The case against James Rosen began when the FBI obtained a search warrant in April 2015 after an informant was arrested in connection with an investigation into the use of illegal steroids and the sale of prescription pills by the Boston Red Sox.
The investigation was led by FBI Special Agent David Wertheim, who had been the bureau’s “eyes and ears” on the Boston Marathon bombing.
Wertheim was indicted in April on charges of conspiracy to commit money laundering and wire fraud.
The charges carry a possible sentence of up to 30 years in prison if convicted.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.