Tuesday, September 28, 2010


Nicholas Marsh, affectionately referred to on this blog as Perfume McFee, committed suicide this past weekend. He was only 37. 37! I read about it in a small article in the express this morning and I was just shocked. My heart goes out this his family and friends.

As Politico stated:
Nicholas Marsh, one of the prosecutors in the corruption trial of the late Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), committed suicide over the weekend, a tragic development that comes just as Stevens will be laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery on Tuesday.

Marsh’s death was first reported by NPR on Monday.

Marsh was part of the prosecution team that helped indict and convict Stevens in 2008 on federal corruption charges of failing to report hundreds of thousands of dollars in improper gifts from an Alaska businessman. Stevens' lost his reelection bid shortly after his conviction, ending a 40-year Senate career.

Stevens' defense team had complained throughout the trial that prosecutors in the Public Integrity Section of DOJ, an elite office, had failed to turn over exculpatory information to them.

And when an FBI agent later alleged that one of his colleagues had an improper relationship with the lead government witness, Bill Allen, Attorney General Eric Holder moved to have the conviction vacated.

Marsh was transferred to a less prestigious office within DOJ in June 2009.

"Our deepest sympathies go out to Nick's family and friends on this sad day,” said Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer in a statement released by the Justice Department.“The Department of Justice is a community, and today our community is mourning the loss of this dedicated young attorney.
I do have to say that my heart goes out to his family.