Nicholas Marsh (pictured) committed suicide over the weekend.  He and the other prosecutors in the Ted Stevens fiasco were being investigated for their handling of the case, after the judge found them to have withheld exculpatory evidence from the defense.  (See our previous posts on this here.)

After dismissing the case against Sen. Stevens (who died earlier this year in a plane crash), the judge appointed a special investigator to look into the DOJ’s conduct.  The special investigator, Henry Schuelke, is expected to complete his probe shortly.

That does not mean, however, that Mr. Marsh’s awful decision had anything to do with the investigation.  There are any number of reasons for this 37-year-old professional to have chosen to take his own life.  Until more is known — and there is no reason why we should ever be allowed to know the source of this man’s private pain — it would be shameful speculation to connect it to the ongoing investigation.

Our sympathies and condolences go out to his family.

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