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By Orrin G. Hatch
Procedural changes impede the chamber's traditional deliberative function
Topic - David B. Daugherty
A retired Social Security administrative law judge accused of participating in a scheme to improperly award disability benefits is facing state disciplinary charges.
In testimony more befitting a legal thriller than a congressional hearing, Social Security employees told the Senate on Monday of an agency office in West Virginia rife with intimidation, retaliation and corruption — including a successful scheme that allowed a lawyer to bilk more than $4 million in taxpayers' money from the disability system.
"I haven't practiced law in 25 or some years," Daugherty told the newspaper. "I really don't have any particular use for my (law) license."