Former Prosecutor: Lerner Investigation Requires Forensics

Friday, 18 Jul 2014 01:57 PM

By Melissa Clyne

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It will take extensive forensic analysis before prosecutors can determine whether probable cause exists to charge former IRS supervisor Lois Lerner with a crime, according to Julie Rendleman, a former prosecutor appearing on Newsmax TV's "America's Forum."

"The biggest question is, was it intentional loss of those emails or was it simply accidental? Although I have to say it seems quite odd that wouldn't be an accident," she noted.

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Lerner retired from the IRS last year after revelations that her division, which reviewed organizations applying for tax exempt status, gave extra scrutiny to tea party-affiliated groups, among others. After a Congressional committee subpoenaed Lerner's computer and emails, they were informed that the emails had been lost and the computer's hard drive crashed.

"You're going to have to speak to witnesses to see when it is that the emails were removed if there are witnesses or eye witnesses that can assist and then a forensic analysis which would be able to at least delineate the day that the emails were removed, how quickly they were removed, the order they were removed, and that could give them a better understanding of when it was that the emails disappeared suddenly," according to Rendleman.

She also discussed two other recent high profile cases, including the Google call-girl murder case and a six-month CNN investigation that found 35 Orlando amusement park workers, including Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and Sea World, have been arrested since 2006, accused of sex crimes involving children or possessing child porn.

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