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D'Souza Prosecutor Accused of Failure to Enforce Court Order

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Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. (Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 09 Sep 2014 02:21 PM

The federal prosecutor in the case against filmmaker and author Dinesh D'Souza has been accused of failure to enforce an anti-discrimination court order, The Daily Caller reports.

Preet Bharara, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, has been accused of "fostering disrespect for the rule of law" in a 2009 case over a desegregation order in Westchester County, outside New York City.

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Three groups — ERASE Racism, the Equal Justice Society, and the Enhanced Section 8 Outreach Program, a local group — claim in a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder that Bharara's failure to enforce a consent decree "is fostering disrespect for the rule of law and makes clear to other jurisdictions that the government is not prepared to force structural change, even where it has the maximum leverage provided by a court order," according to the Daily Caller, which obtained a copy of the correspondence.

The letter also denounced Westchester County's failure to follow a court order on "the construction of 750 units of housing that affirmatively further fair housing (AFFH), with at least 300 units of such units having financing in place by the end of 2013."

In April, the Justice Department wrote to the county about its desegregation agreement. It cited failure to create legislation that prohibited discrimination on housing based on source of income, The New York Times reported.

Federal authorities threatened to withhold about $7.4 million from the county and said that funding would be given to others if the county did not comply with the order.

Bharara has not followed through. His spokesman told the Daily Caller that she had no comment. He has been mentioned as a possible attorney general candidate in a future presidential administration of Hillary Clinton, the Daily Caller reported.

The India-born prosecutor and donor to President Barack Obama went after the conservative author and filmmaker D'Souza, one of his sharpest critics, over using "straw donors" to help fund a 2012 Senate campaign of friend Wendy Long. D'Souza pleaded guilty in May to a single felony count, Politico reported.

His attorney says D'Souza deserves no jail time as legal and law enforcement experts have said he was targeted for prosecution. D'Souza has asked for probation.

D'Souza's lawyer Benjamin Brafman said in a statement that he hopes the judge "will recognize Mr. D’Souza to be a fundamentally honorable man who should not be imprisoned for what was an isolated instance of wrongdoing in an otherwise productive and responsible life."

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The federal prosecutor in the case against filmmaker and author Dinesh D'Souza has been accused of failure to enforce an anti-discrimination court order, The Daily Caller reports.
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