Assistant U.S. Attorney withdraws from Aryan brotherhood case

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menHOUSTON, TX – Putting away bad guys is a tough job, just ask any lawyer. But it shouldn’t be deadly.

That seems to be why Assistant U.S Attorney Jay Hileman is withdrawing from a Houston case against the Aryan Brotherhood.  It’s a move you almost never see.

Members of the brotherhood are suspected of killing the Kaufman, Texas District Attorney and his wife over the weekend, and back in January, Kaufman’s Assistant DA was also murdered.

The LA Times says there’s a person of interest in the cases. But still, theories range from the white supremacist group to drug cartels to a personal grudge.

Regardless, prosecutors all over the state now have extra security.

The Houston case, involving federal racketeering charges against more than 30 members of the racist gang will now get a new prosecutor.

The brotherhood has been linked with threatening law enforcement before. We don’t know if Hileman was being targeted, but we’re waiting to see if this means he will resigns from his post.

However this turns out, all of us shouldn’t be resigned to the idea that gangs can threaten their way through the legal system.