All eyes on DoJ Internals

Judging from the following links Slabbed just put out on Twitter coupled with more recent news about the Clinton emails showing up on Anthony Weiner’s computers has me convinced the internals at the DoJ are as toxic in Washington DC as they are in New Orleans. The last tweet contains a clue into the trip down memory lane I’m taking as it regards local New Orleans DoJ toxicity:

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SLABBED (not exactly) Daily – August 5, 2010

On a slow news day – or a day when it’s not so hot – any one of these stories could take an entire post to cover.  However, today is neither and without going further, here is news you can use:

Making a diagnosis of “improper influence” requires a scalpel, not a sledgehammer. Not only is it unrealistic to think we can eradicate all judicial biases, instincts, leanings or interests, however termed, but it is also unwise. We want our judges to live in the real world, so that they can bring their life experiences and common sense to the table when deciding cases. Judges must remain “partial” to some influences, therefore, like the case law, and controlling statutes, and perhaps even basic standards of decency and morality, too. As The New York Times recently cited, former Chief Justice William Rehnquist’s view on recusal was that if a justice’s mind was “a complete tabula rasa” in relevant respects, it “would be evidence of lack of qualification, not lack of bias.”

While I hope you’ll follow all the links, but by all means, read this opinion post on recusal from Law.com.

  • Staying with matters of public policy for the moment, let’s talk unemployment rates. Online news is filled with stories like this about the uptick in unemployment rates – and all appear to have been written by someone clueless about the issue.

Here’s a clue – anyone reporting on the increase should start by defining “seasonal”. Continue reading “SLABBED (not exactly) Daily – August 5, 2010”

I saw this at NPR and immediately wondered….

Each new president traditionally replaces his predecessor’s U.S. attorneys with new appointees. Obama has not yet nominated anyone. But according to sources close to the process, administration staffers have solicited recommendations from some members of Congress about who the new U.S. attorneys will be.

Those recommendations primarily come from the senior Democratic senator in each state. In states where both senators are Republicans, the administration is working with the state’s most senior Democrat in the House.

If that blurb from the NPR story on US Attorney selection is true, then Gene Taylor will be the man here in Mississippi as we have 2 GOP senators.

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