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William C. Altreuter

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Alberto Gonzales hasn't had a full-time job since his resignation. He's been scraping by giving a handful of talks at colleges and before private business groups.

And I say good. There are almost too many ways that the Bush Administration has damaged the country to properly number, but among the most prominent is the degradation of our international reputation. The United States' legal system is our crowning achievement, and Gonzales treated it with contempt. He was the worst kind of lawyer-- the lawyer who counseled his client about what he could get away with, instead of what the law required. There's a word for that kind of lawyer, and it is not a pretty one: they are called shysters, and Gonzales's picture belongs next to the definition. (pdf file)

It is interesting that his "spokesman" is Robert Bork Jr., a "corporate communications specialist". The senior Bork doesn't practice-- he's a fellow at the Hudson Institute, and a professor at Ave Maria School of Law in Ann Arbor, Michigan. That's the law school founded by Tom Monaghan, the Domino's Pizza guy. Maybe Gonzalez could get a teaching gig there. Or maybe at Regent University's school of law.

Oddly, I can't find Gonzalez in Martindale Hubble or on the State Bar of Texas member search page.

The local angle on all this is that Monica Goodling, the tool that administered the dismantiling of merit appointments at the Department of Justice, was busy overruling Buffalo's own Michael Battle. Battle missed his calling: as an invertebrate, he should have been a Senate Democrat. Battle managed to land on his feet-- he is with Fulbright & Jaworski now. That's a win for Buffalo, although if he wanted to come back and practice here, I doubt that he'd have a problem. Goodling I haven't been able to locate. Nice girl like that, with classy degrees from Messiah College, and Regent University's School of Law, I'm sure there's a frozen custard stand that will hire her.

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