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A case gone wrong prompts DOJ internal probe

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>> A rare move by the Department of Justice, the US Attorney's Office in San Francisco investigating itself after wasting eight years on a case that went nowhere. Reuter's West Coast legal correspondent Dan Levine explains.>> Last month, here at San Francisco Federal Court we saw something that hardly ever happens.
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The justice department dismissed a controversial drug consideracy case against FedEx, one of the world's most well known brands, just four days into trial. We started wondering, how did this happen?>> FedEx was charged in 2014 with knowingly helping internet pharmacies ship illegal pills.>> So the Justice Department thought they had FedEx in a corner just like they had negotiated settlements with UPS and Google over internet pharmacies.
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>> But FedEx did something those companies didn't. They fought back. Since the case was dropped at trial, Reuters has learned that the US attorney has launched a rare investigation looking at what went wrong.>> What the internal review could show is that the prosecutors who had been on the FedEx case for years just had misinterpreted the evidence and not paid attention to what became key points in court.
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Or it could show that they knew all along, and chose to ignore it.