Statement in Response to DC District Court’s Order to Drop Case Against Michael Flynn

Lawyers Defending American Democracy has issued a statement in response to today’s order by the DC Circuit Court of Appeals to dismiss criminal charges against former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

The group had previously filed amicus two briefs in the U.S. District Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals – both for the District of Columbia – in the case of Michael Flynn arguing attempts to drop charges against him were being done in “bad faith” and for reasons that do not withstand legal scrutiny, and that Flynn’s subsequent petition for a writ of mandamus should be denied.

“The 2-1 decision of the panel in the Flynn case is clearly wrong. It’s basically saying that it would be ok for a defendant to bribe a prosecutor to drop a case. That can’t be right. We expect the full Court of Appeals will want to look at this troubling decision. Letting it stand would substantially undermine our system of justice and the rule of law.”