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    Ex-Bush official reprimanded by bar

    Monica Marie Goodling, the key figure in the controversy about the political hiring and firing of U.S. Attorneys during the Bush Administration, has received a public reprimand from the Virginia State Bar.

    A VSB subcommittee concluded that Goodling, a member of the VSB since 1999, had violated ethics rules by committing “a criminal or deliberately wrongful act” that reflected adversely on her “honesty, trustworthiness or fitness to practice law.” The subcommittee’s reprimand, to which Goodling agreed, was handed down in March and made public late yesterday
    The politically motivated firings of prosecutors by the Bush administration was a long time ago, but now justice has finally been served. Sometimes the wheels of justice move slowly, but in this case, these wheels finally ran a lawbreaker over, and gave her what she deserved. She should be thankful that she was not disbarred for her behavior. As for the rule of law, it has finally prevailed.

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    Re: Ex-Bush official reprimanded by bar

    Kudos to the Virgina State Bar!

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    Re: Ex-Bush official reprimanded by bar

    Goodling was accused of using a conservative political litmus test in personnel decisions. She admitted in 2007 during testimony before Congress that she used political affiliation and other political considerations in hiring lawyers for career positions in the U.S. Department of Justice. She was White House liaison and senior counsel to the attorney general at the time.
    Just imagine!!!! Hiring within the U.S. Government based on political lean. OMFG!!! The horrors!!! Gimme' a break.
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    Re: Ex-Bush official reprimanded by bar

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    Just imagine!!!! Hiring within the U.S. Government based on political lean. OMFG!!! The horrors!!! Gimme' a break.
    The Bar Association didn't see it that way. They saw it as a "criminal or deliberately wrongful act".
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    “She was inexperienced, way too naïve and a little overzealous.” — H. E. Cummins III, a Republican and one of the fired prosecutors

    Just a little overzealous; she thought God was on her side.

    REP. ROBERT “Bobby” C. SCOTT, D-VA.: … [T]here have been credible allegations that attorneys have been hired because of their partisan views rather than their legal backgrounds, that the culture of loyalty to the administration was more important than loyalty to the rule of law, and pressure and even firing of U.S. attorneys for failing to pursue partisan political agendas rather than the rule of law.



    GOODLING: The best I can say is that I know I took political considerations into account on some occasions.

    SCOTT: Was that legal?

    GOODLING: Sir, I'm not able to answer that question. I know I crossed the line.

    SCOTT: What line — legal?

    GOODLING: I crossed the line of the civil service rules.

    SCOTT: Rules? — Laws. … You crossed the line on civil service laws, is that right?

    GOODLING: I believe I crossed the lines. But I didn't mean to. I mean, I …


    — Transcript, “Goodling Testifies Before The House Judiciary Committee,” Washington Post, Wednesday, May 23, 2007
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    Re: Ex-Bush official reprimanded by bar

    many people wondered why so many people from a fourth rate law school got policy positions in the Bush administration. fortunately most of the top people were very good such as former Solicitor General Paul Clement (#1 in his class at Harvard), Acting AG and Civil DIvision head Peter Keisler (Yale Law Journal Editor, supreme court clerk, etc).



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