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The Role of the United States Attorney and the Recent Firings The resignation of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales on September 17, 2007 came nearly eight months after the firings of eight United States Attorneys. Gonzales' resignation has temporarily stalled the political fall-out from the firings of several United States Attorneys last year. However, Congress has vowed to continue their investigation into this hot button issue regardless of who remains in office as the curtains start to close on the Bush Administration. Over the past two years, eleven of the 93 United States Attorneys have resigned. Eight of those were confirmed forced resignations, while the circumstances for the three other resignations are said to be similar to the firings. Rarely, over the past decade has so much attention been brought to this judicial office. Usually, United States Attorneys will appear in the news briefly to highlight the prosecution of an infamous criminal or the defense of the United States against civil lawsuits. Yet, these recent firings have shed light on the prestigious position and caused many Americans to wonder if any position in the government is free from political influence. ...read more.


On December 7, 2006, seven of the Untied States Attorneys were fired without cause or justification. Alberto Gonzales, the former Attorney General, gave no reason whatsoever as to why these seven, all of whom had been appointed by George W. Bush, were asked to resign quietly. A year prior, two other United States Attorneys were dismissed under similar circumstances. These firings and the tight lips of the Department of Justice have caused an up-roar in the judicial and political community of the United States. This controversy has been labeled as purely political and Congress has taken the initiative to let the Executive Branch know that their discrete actions are unacceptable. The Senate Judiciary Committed launched an investigation, and subpoenaed a number of the Attorney General's staff. Several e-mails were produced that detailed the desire to fire several U.S. Attorneys as early as March 2005. There are reports that Kyle Sampson, a former staff member for Alberto Gonzales, created a criterion by which to grade U.S. Attorneys on their performance.7 However, the criterion seemed to weigh political views and affiliations just as importantly as job performance. Other statements and e-mails have been brought to light that have reiterated this political point. ...read more.


Political appointment equals owing the people that put you there something. At the very least, it suggests one shares the broad goals of the party which puts him or her in power. If our nation disfavors federal prosecutions based on narrow political agendas, don't have politicians appointing U.S. Attorneys. The solution is one term, eight years, and the people elect that individual based on his or her record. Why remove the people from a decision that is rightfully theirs, especially where the political appointments are being wielded to force U.S. Attorney's into lockstep with their appointer's agenda. 1 "The Judiciary Act of 1789," Basic Readings in US Democracy, (http://usinfo.state.gov/usa/infousa/facts/democrac/demo.htm) 2 Wikipedia "History of the United States Attorney" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Attorney) 3 28 United States Code - Judiciary and Judicial Procedure, Department of Justice, Section 547 4 Wikipedia "Role of the United States Attorney" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Attorney) 5 Wikipedia "History of the United States Attorney" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Attorney) 6 Wikipedia "Role of the United States Attorney" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Attorney) 7 Iglesias, David, All Things Considered, National Public Radio; March 1, 2007. 8 Wikipedia, "Dismissal of the United States Attorney Controversy" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dismissal_of_U.S._attorneys_controversy) 9 Thorton, Kelly, "Job Performance said to be behind White House firing" San Diego Union-Tribune, January 12, 2007. 10 Wikipedia, "Dismissal of the United States Attorney Controversy" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dismissal_of_U.S._attorneys_controversy) 11 Wikipedia, "Dismissal of the United States Attorney Controversy" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dismissal_of_U.S._attorneys_controversy) ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 ...read more.

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