Pro-life groups argue that Attorney General Eric Holder’s Justice Department has been assiduous in its efforts to prosecute pro-life advocates who (legally) counsel women outside of abortion clinics, but considerably less dogged in prosecuting the abortionists inside — and they are pointing to a recent revelation as a possible reason why. Watchdog.org reports:
In October, Watchdog.org published Fulton County tax records showing Holder’s wife, Dr. Sharon Malone Holder – an obstetric and gynecological doctor at Foxhall OB/GYN in Washington, D.C. – and her sister, Margie Malone Tuckson, manage a family trust that owns the building where Malloy operated. A statement from the Georgia Department of Law revealed the building was home to Old National Gynecology, the medical practice where [abortionist Tyrone Cecil] Malloy performed abortions.
Today the Georgia Supreme Court declined to dismiss charges against Malloy, who allegedly accepted more than $380,000 in federal payments for pre-abortion ultrasounds that he never performed and for abortions that did not qualify for Medicaid reimbursement. Malloy was indicted on two counts of Medicaid fraud in 2011, alongside CathyAnn Warner, the former office manager of Old National Gynecology.
Nor are these Malloy’s first scrapes with medical law: In 1999, one of Malloy’s patients lost her baby shortly after birth; examiners faulted Malloy’s subpar treatment. In 2008, one of his patients died on the table following a botched abortion. Malloy was fined and reprimanded in both cases, but was permitted to continue practicing.
As for the Holder link, the trust that owns the property is blind, meaning that a third party manages investments for the actual owner. Ms. Tuckson has pointed out that she and her sister “are not technically the owners of that property.” While they may not “technically” own the property, they are the only two trustees on the family trust that does, as Fulton County documents attest.
Blind trusts are a familiar source of political sniping; they are popular with politicians from Ted Kennedy to Mitt Romney. That may explain why, as Human Events notes, “Holder did not disclose his wife’s co-ownership of the building in the financial disclosure reports he filed between 2008 through 2012 with the U.S. Office of Government Ethics.” Pro-life groups, however, argue that Holder has made a concerted effort to conceal a conflict of interest.
Naturally, there may be nothing untoward in all of this, except perhaps a want of forthrightness. But given Holder’s record on issues of full disclosure, the possibility of a conflict of interest ought to garner at least a bit of careful consideration.