Gorelick!?! Good Grief.
November 12th, 2008 By: Orson Buggeigh | Tags:
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Now I would be the least surprised person in the room to see the suggestion that Jamie Gorelick be appointed Attorney General in the new Obama administration coming from the New York Times. It is what I have come to expect from the paper of Walter Duranty, and Jayson Blair, and supporter of yes, Jamie Gorelick’s current client, Duke University. If the Obama team is serious, then it really does raise issues that were raised in the campaign, and which the media, including the NYT, discounted.
The other little bit of information you need to know about Gorelick, is that she is currently the high priced attorney representing Duke University as it defends itself against suits filed by most of its much maligned 2005/2006 men’s lacrosse team. For those who haven’t heard (or who have maybe been vacationing on another planet), this was the team accused of raping a stripper at an off campus party. The university’s elite rushed out for tar, feathers, and ropes, but after 18 months of prosecutor misconduct, aided and abetted by the Duke administration and the media, the players were declared innocent, and the corrupt DA went to jail. Read the book Until Proven Innocent, by Stuart Taylor and K.C. Johnson for the full details. Or visit his blog, “Durham in Wonderland.”
So why does a false prosecution at an Ivy-League wannabe like Duke matter? Because this may suggest something about the Obama administration. When it had become obvious that the prosecution was really the persecution of the factually innocent but politically incorrect (white, male, straight) athletes, how many politicians stood up for the lacrosse team? Virtually none. Not the town council of Durham. Not North Carolina Senator Elizabeth Dole. Not John Edwards - his blog team was leading the cheering for a quick trial and a prompt hanging in the morning. But one Democratic presidential hopeful did speak out in favor of justice and fair play for the athletes- Barack Obama.
Now, Senator Obama has become President-Elect Obama. He has a lot on his plate. Still, one would like to see him think about the signal it would send to appoint a politically motivated person to head the Department of Justice, especially after the complaints that Attorneys General Ashcroft and Gonzalez acted to support ideological goals, not justice. Jamie Gorelick has been tied to problems with national security at the time of the September 11, 2001 attacks, and she may have been associated with some of the dubious financial goings on with friends of major Democratic congressmen. Add her scorched earth litigating technique being put to work for a university which reputedly paid out tens of millions to three lacrosse players for wrongful prosecution, and which is trying to stonewall the rest of the team. The sum is a lawyer who would, by comparison, make Alberto Gonzales look like a towering figure of legal probity and ethical behavior in support of truth and justice.
Which raises one other point. A lot of Obama supporters have complained that the Republicans made too much of Obama’s youthful association with William Ayers, Tony Rezko and others. The Republican argument was that one can tell a lot about the character of a man by the kind of people he associates with. If Obama has half the character his supporters keep telling us he has, he will not appoint Ms. Gorelick to any post in his administration. The woman is the personification of what honest and honorable people find repellent in attorneys. On the other hand, perhaps President Obama will do what the North Carolina Governor or Congress have failed to do thus far -call for a Civil Rights investigation of the way the lacrosse team was systematically deprived of their civil rights.
It’s your call, Mr. President-elect.