Juliet Sorensen

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Juliet Sorensen is a Clinical Associate Professor of Law at Northwestern University School of Law.[1] She directs the Northwestern Access to Health Project,[2] an interdisciplinary global health program linking Northwestern University and partner communities around the world.[3]

She was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Chicago from 2003 to 2010. She prosecuted City of Chicago inspectors as part of Operation Crooked Code, a bribery investigation into Chicago’s Building and Zoning departments.[4][5] Sorensen prosecuted Jean-Marie Vianney Mudahinyuka (a.k.a.“Zuzu”), a leader of the Rwandan genocide.[6] The case is cited as one success of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement No Safe Haven initiative against human rights violators.[7]

Between 1995 and 1997, she was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco.[8] Sorensen is a graduate of Princeton University and Columbia Law School. Sorensen is the daughter of Theodore C. Sorensen (Ted Sorensen), the former special counsel to President John F. Kennedy, and the author of Kennedy and Counselor: A Life at the Edge of History, and Gillian M. Sorensen of the United Nations Foundation.[9] She is married to Benjamin Jones,[10] an economist and professor at the Kellogg School of Management.

In March 2009, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, in a unanimous panel opinion written by Judge Richard Posner found that Sorensen engaged in prosecutorial misconduct and made "a series of improper statements" in the trial court case of U.S. v. Farinella, which was appealed as 558 F.3d 695.[11][12] A jury had found a Chicago businessman guilty of fraud and misbranding for relabeling 1.6 million bottles of salad dressing to extend their “best when purchased by” date, then reselling the bottles.[13] Judge Posner found that relabeling “best when purchased by” dates was not a crime, but that Sorensen's improper argument would have required reversal in any case.[14]

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  1. ^ "Faculty Profile of Juliet Sorensen". Retrieved 2015-01-14. 
  2. ^ http://www.publichealth.northwestern.edu/nphr/ath/
  3. ^ "Northwestern Access to Health Project". Retrieved 2015-01-14. 
  4. ^ Coen, Jeff (10 September 2009). "Chicago worker's bribery trial opens...". Chicago Tribune. Chicago. 
  5. ^ Korecki, Natasha (4 December 2009). "City Inspector Accepted Bribes, Jury Told". Chicago Sun Times. Chicago. 
  6. ^ Terry, Don (10 December 2005). "Suburban America: Hiding place for thousands of war criminals?". Chicago Tribune. Chicago. 
  7. ^ http://judiciary.senate.gov/pdf/10-06-09%20Morton%20Testimony.pdf
  8. ^ Wetzler, Cynthia (14 September 1997). "Peace Corps Worker From Pound Ridge Tells of Muslim Life". New York Times. New York. 
  9. ^ Sorensen, Theodore (2008). Counselor: A Life at the Edge of History. Berlin: HarperCollins. ISBN 0-06-079871-8. 
  10. ^ "Weddings". New York Times. New York. 20 August 2000. 
  11. ^ "Text of opinion in U.S. v. Farinella, 558 F. 3d 695 (7th Cir. 2009)" (PDF). 
  12. ^ Sachdev, Ameet (17 March 2009). "Posner tosses out salad-dressing verdict with unusually stern words for prosecutor". Chicago Tribune. Chicago. 
  13. ^ Sachdev, Ameet (26 June 2008). "Wholesale distributor pleads guilty to wire fraud in salad dressing scheme". Chicago Tribune. Chicago. 
  14. ^ Merriner, Jim (18 March 2009). "Judge Posner Checks Patrick Fitzgerald". Chicago Daily Observer. Chicago.