Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Who Would Have Thought?

That the Justice Department used political criteria (a no-no) to hire nonpartisan career attorneys, in particular in the civil rights division? Oh my, what shall we tell the children?


Applications that contained what were seen as "leftist commentary" or "buzz words" like environmental and social justice were often grounds for rejecting applicants, according to e-mails reviewed by the inspector general's office. Membership in liberal organizations like the American Constitution Society, Greenpeace, or the Poverty and Race Research Action Council were also seen as negative marks.

Affiliation with the Federalist Society, a prominent conservative group, was viewed positively.

So nice to know that the hiring process was changed to insulate it from party-political considerations in 2007. Also nice to know that several additional reports on all this are in the pipeline.