PHOENIX — The Arizona State Bar has reprimanded a former U.S. Attorney for
the District of Arizona for leaking two classified documents to news
organizations involving the Fast and Furious gun-smuggling investigation.
The bar on Thursday also billed Dennis K. Burke $1,200 for their expenses in
the disciplinary proceeding.
Burke, who resigned his job in August 2011, called the bar’s action “a fair
“I clearly could have done better in the way that I had done things,” Burke
told The Arizona Republic. “As U.S. Attorney, my ultimate client is the United
States. At the end of the day, I did not follow the process.”
Burke hasn’t commented publicly on his actions or the events surrounding Fast
and Furious until now.
In December 2010, U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry was killed in a shootout
with a gang of smugglers near the U.S.-Mexico border.
Near the shooting scene, investigators found two weapons tied to a cache that
had been sold intentionally to weapons smugglers in a sting operation.
The case brought to light the botched Fast and Furious operation in which
federal agents trying to track guns allowed criminals to buy them for weapons
Instead, agents lost track of 1,400 of the 2,000 guns involved in the botched
Burke was accused of improperly releasing information to the New York Times and
Fox News in an effort to protect his office and provide more transparency on the