• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Resignation of US Attorney's

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

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.

Middle

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.

Conclusion

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.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our University Degree 2000-2099 section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related University Degree 2000-2099 essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    Is History a Nightmare

    5 star(s)

    were contested by subordinate groups; these unequal relations of domination and the conflict arising from them signify the 'nightmare' of history. Historical materialism allows for the historicisation of social relationships and focuses attention on some 'subaltern groups'. It ultimately suggests that issues of 'power' and 'conflict' underpin history: making it more of a 'nightmare' than a 'dream'.

  2. Marked by a teacher

    Is History a Science

    4 star(s)

    of action would be'.8 This idea would be quite impossible in history. For example a historian might have the theory that 'history repeats itself'. The historian can used examples of events in past history to provide evidence for his or her theory, however they cannot say they have done this or that testing, which proves that the theory is true.

  1. History Extension Major Work Postmodernism . It is the feature of postmodernism and ...

    Ultimately, it seeks to turn reality into a simulation and make simulations seem real, so humanity will have the ability to control and create its surroundings at will". 4 The rapid rise in technology throughout the 20th century also brought the world closer making transport and communication between nations far easier than before.

  2. What did the Cronulla riot of December 2005 and its aftermath reveal about Australian ...

    This quote from the television show 4 corners on the Cronulla Riots, reveals what seems a common belief in which Islamic and Middle Eastern men do not treat or have any respect for women. This belief is a clear stereotype of Islamic men due to negative media which surround's their

  1. Decision Points by George W. Bush and A Journey by Tony Blair. Are political ...

    he is adamant that it was the right thing to do and was a policy long supported by Congress. To present this, he offers the example of the decision taken by the US Government under his predecessor, President Bill Clinton, who in 1998 orchestrated Operation Desert Fox a four day

  2. Why, if at all, is History important to society?

    speak for themselves, they are interpreted by the historian and edited by them ever so slightly. Berlin supports this stating ?history is what historians do?[20] claiming in other words that history happens only how the historians say it does, they control the past.

  1. What does the celebration of heroes reveal about attitudes to the past?

    fully earned, rather favourable projection and perception of him by later periods, wishful thinking perhaps? King Alfred serves as an interesting hero to discern attitudes about the past from. Unlike David Hume?s ?The first Quality of a historian is to be true and impartial; the next is to be a

  2. What is the purpose of a museum? Answer with reference to at least three ...

    On a national scale; the museum ship HMS Victory in Hampshire, surely imposes an ideal of ?British militaristic greatness? to its visitors. Similarly, on a local scale museums can enable people to feel proud and have a sense of belonging to a local area.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work