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Assistant U.S. attorney Mary Jude Darrow, 48, was fired in 2004 from her job in the Eastern District of North Carolina. According to her bosses, she was dismissed for professional misconduct and poor judgment, while Darrow claimed that she was supervised and disciplined differently than her colleagues. Darrow was a federal prosecutor handling drug, fraud and violent crimes in New Orleans from 1990 to 1999, when she transferred to Raleigh. In May 2002, she requested no more additional cases after losing an experienced secretary. She was then assigned to prosecute a $6 million FEMA fraud case alone in July 2002. Darrow said she was denied the added help of an accountant, another lawyer or a secretary, while co-workers in similar situations received assistance. A $170,000 settlement has been reached in a discrimination lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice. [STAR NEWS]


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Published on Jul-25-06


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