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Friday, October 10, 2008

Chief Ayers Prosecutor Defends Obama

This is pretty remarkable. The chief prosecutor in the Weather Underground case has come out with a letter to the editor in the New York Times decrying McCain's attempts to smear Obama by trying to exaggerate Obama's fleeting acquaintanceship with Ayers:

As the lead federal prosecutor of the Weathermen in the 1970s (I was then chief of the criminal division in the Eastern District of Michigan and took over the Weathermen prosecution in 1972), I am amazed and outraged that Senator Barack Obama is being linked to William Ayers’s terrorist activities 40 years ago when Mr. Obama was, as he has noted, just a child.

Although I dearly wanted to obtain convictions against all the Weathermen, including Bill Ayers, I am very pleased to learn that he has become a responsible citizen.

Because Senator Obama recently served on a board of a charitable organization with Mr. Ayers cannot possibly link the senator to acts perpetrated by Mr. Ayers so many years ago.