Mel Watt

Ex-boss disputes DiBiagio's story

The top Justice Department official who forced the resignation of then-U.S. Attorney for Maryland Thomas M. DiBiagio more than two years ago said yesterday that serious problems with the prosecutor's judgment and candor prompted the dismissal.

David Margolis, an associate deputy U.S. attorney general, rejected DiBiagio's assertions this week that his probe of corruption in the Ehrlich administration led to his dismissal. In fact, Margolis said, Jervis S. Finney, the top legal adviser to then-Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., had long defended DiBiagio's work.

Margolis said Finney called Justice Department officials in 2004 - once to request that DiBiagio's job be spared and again to...