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Another Blow To Justice by Jamie Gorelick


Tuesday, July 29, 2008; Page A17

Another stunning report has documented the bold and illegal influence of politics at the Justice Department over the past eight years. For decades, Republican and Democratic attorneys general had protected from political influence the hiring of career prosecutors and administrative judges. There was an unbroken rule, embodied in law, regulation and department policy, that no political questions would be asked of those who wanted to serve in career — as opposed to political — positions in the department. We demanded of our Justice Department, in its core prosecutorial and adjudicative functions, that it be separate from politics. Until the Bush administration.

Last month, we learned that political functionaries deputized by Attorneys General John Ashcroft and Alberto Gonzales had screened the best and the brightest coming out of law schools, judicial clerkships and other positions to weed out those who appeared to be Democrats or who might hold liberal ideas; favor was shown to Republicans, members of the Federalist Society, and those considered to be good and loyal conservatives. As the department’s inspector general and its Office of Professional Responsibility noted, this is illegal. It also breaks the promise of justice that is above politics and undermines the department’s best values.


This article was written by Jamie Gorelick for the Washington Post. Click the link to read the rest of the article at the Washington Post.

About the Author:

Jamie Gorelick is a lawyer at Wilmer Hale. Jamie S. Gorelick is a partner in the firm’s Regulatory and Government Affairs and Litigation and Controversy Departments, co-chair of the Defense and National Security Practice Group, chair of the Public Policy and Strategy Practice Group, a member of the Government and Regulatory Litigation Practice Group, and a member of the Executive Committee. Jamie Gorelick joined the firm in 2003.

Prior to working for Wilmer Hale, Jamie Gorelick served as Attorney General Reno’s second Deputy Attorney General. Jamie Gorelick also served as General Counsel of the Department of Defense from 1993-1994. Jamie Gorelick returned to government during the Clinton Administration where she was appointed a member of the National Commission on Terrorist Threats Upon the United States (the “9/11 Commission”) in late 2002 by then Minority Leader of the House Richard Gephardt.

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