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  •  Appearance of Impropriety (1+ / 0-)
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    Frankly, the reason that maybe some of these cowering Republicans can use- who still cannot drag themselves to say he must resign - is that the Justice Department is so important that there cannot even be the

    APPEARANCE of impropriety. There is certainly a big suspician of impropriety - hence, Gonzales must go (for the good of the department and our country)

    Lawyers and judges "excuse" themselves all the time based on this standard.

    It would be face-saving for Gonzales and the Republicans - more than they gave the USA's whose reputations were tarnished with the accusation of "poor job performance."

    How ironic.

    "Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph." (T. Paine)

    by dmmteacher on Fri Apr 20, 2007 at 04:20:30 AM PDT

    •  Govt Off's (Supposedly) Held to Higher Standard (1+ / 0-)
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      Silence is Complicity

      I say this as a legal ethicist and former Justice Department attorney.  It used to be that government officials were held to a higher standard.  The classic description of the prosecutor's anomalous role comes from Berger v. United States, 285 U.S. 78 (1935):

      [The prosecutor] is the representative not of an ordinary party to a controversy, but of a sovereignty whose obligation to govern impartially is as compelling as its obligation to govern at all; and whose interest, therefore, in a criminal prosecution is not that it shall win a case, but that justice shall be done.

      (Emphasis mine.)

      The Canary in the Coalmine is available for purchase at

      by Jesselyn Radack on Fri Apr 20, 2007 at 07:07:54 AM PDT

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