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Political Uniformity and Legal Radicalism at Obama's DOJ
Posted By Lachlan Markay On August 17, 2011 @ 2:01 pm In Scribe | Comments Disabled
The resumes of the Obama administration’s hires at the Justice Department Civil Right Division’s Special Litigation Section read like a manual on professional advancement in the world of left wing legal practice. Every one of the 23 career civil service attorneys hired since Obama took office has stellar liberal credentials.
That ideological uniformity, writes the Heritage Foundation’s Hans von Spakovsky , suggests that liberal politics are a “prerequisite for employment in the Division – there is no other explanation for this.”
The Special Litigation Section enforces civil rights laws on the state and municipal level, where there has been a “pattern or practice” of institutionalized discrimination. Very often that means prosecuting or otherwise acting against local and state police departments perceived as acting in a discriminatory fashion.
It is notable, then, that while numerous Obama hires at the Special Litigation Section have worked on behalf of criminal defendants or terrorist detainees, “not a single lawyer was hired with experience as a prosecutor or in law enforcement in a Section which has as one of its main jobs investigating the practices of local police.”
The Obama administration’s skewed approach in that regard suggests an extreme bias against the police departments investigated for alleged discriminatory practices.
Let’s review some of the highlights from the 23 attorneys’ backgrounds.
Some of the legal positions taken by various hires demonstrate their radically liberal approach to the law. They have argued at various times that:
Lawyers at the Special Litigation Section have cut their teeth at a host of left-wing legal organizations both prominent and obscure, including:
In short, they are, on the whole, outright hostile to much of the work done by local and state police. Obama hires at the Section represent a radical and uniformly left-wing approach to civil rights law promoted by the Obama Justice Department.
This is a trend at a number of offices in the Justice Department. Information on the Special Litigation section was released as part of Pajamas Media’s ongoing  investigation  into politicization at DOJ, and only after a drawn out Freedom of Information Act legal battle with Justice.
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 writes the Heritage Foundation’s Hans von Spakovsky: http://pajamasmedia.com/blog/every-single-one-the-politicized-hiring-of-eric-holders-special-litigation-section/?singlepage=true
 ongoing: http://pajamasmedia.com/blog/every-single-one-the-politicized-hiring-of-eric-holder%E2%80%99s-voting-section/
 investigation: http://pajamasmedia.com/blog/reviewing-the-resumes-the-politicized-hiring-of-eric-holder%E2%80%99s-voting-section/
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