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Justice drops defense of Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz
politico ^ | 2/22/11 | JOSH GERSTEIN

Posted on 02/22/2011 9:44:39 PM PST by Nachum

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To: Nachum

I see this as a PR move—damage control in advance. Every statement in defense of these guys would be grabbed by Zero’s far-left base as proof that he’s not far left enough. Impossible to be politically expedient and also just in a case like this.


51 posted on 02/24/2011 12:11:27 AM PST by firebrand
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To: Nachum

well looks like zero has set a nice way of doing business.

one we must remember when his time comes for acts of sedation


52 posted on 02/25/2011 9:49:40 AM PST by Munz (All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.)
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one we must remember when his time comes for acts of sedation

Conscious sedation, like Versed?
53 posted on 02/25/2011 10:01:49 AM PST by aruanan
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To: Zhang Fei

I have to agree with this move to the extent that Rumsfeld/Wolfowitz, et al. will be better represented than they would from DOJ attorneys. However, this is a blatant admission that the powers that be at today’s DOJ are not objective attorneys, who willingly do the government’s work that they are hired to do instead of being biased towards the agenda of Obama and Holder.

The relevant DOJ department heads and attorneys, and Holder, should be brought before Congress and investigated. Perhaps funding for their fiefdoms can be reduced or eliminated

We remember the zealous prosecutor of Sen. Stevens, Nicholas A Marsh, who came under fire and ended up offing himself. Marsh’s name should never be forgotten as a traitor to his profession, oath and office. I hope his family is not drawing ANY federal pension. I never *liked* Stevens, but this sort of prosecutorial abuse with a political end from a government employee should never been accepted.


54 posted on 02/25/2011 10:13:26 AM PST by EDINVA
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To: dixiechick2000

Remember “No one pays retail any more, why should you?

“$200/hour is on the low end of attorneys’ hourly billable retail. BUT an assured $200/hour beats all hell out of not getting paid for hundreds of $400/hour clients. Like medical bills with insurance companies, most attorneys don’t get paid retail.


55 posted on 02/25/2011 10:27:39 AM PST by EDINVA
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True...most attorneys aren’t paid retail.

“Like medical bills with insurance companies, most attorneys don’t get paid retail.”

Apples and oranges...

You’re speaking of privately employed attorneys.

When the federal govenment contracts an attorney, you can bet your life they will be overpaid.


56 posted on 02/26/2011 12:14:04 AM PST by dixiechick2000 ("First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win." - Gandhi)
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To: Nachum

>> Obama has quietly dropped its legal representation of more than a dozen Bush-era Pentagon and administration officials

Is this a joke, satire? Tell me that no POTUS would be so subversive.


57 posted on 02/26/2011 12:25:22 AM PST by Gene Eric (Your Hope has been redistributed. Here's your Change.)
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To: Nachum
Rummy is one official I just can't feel sorry for. Not that I agree with prosecuting him because I don't. But lets remember that all through the Iraqi War under his tenure soldiers, sailors, and Marines were brought up on charges and faced Court Martial often solely on the word of an Iraqi. Ironically his legitimizing prosecution of our troops now may make him face court as well. Rummy ignored several basic principles of war including don't let the enemy set the rules.

IMO he is one of the most overrated Sec of Def in modern history X 2 meaning his tenure under Ford and that under Bush. I hope no other POTUS offers him such a position again. Our military woes in the mid to late 70's were partly his doing as well. It's simply a matter of he never was the right man for this job.

58 posted on 02/26/2011 1:00:56 AM PST by cva66snipe (Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?)
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To: dixiechick2000

$200/hour in the DC lawyers market is really on the low end. I think the govt is paying wholesale, not overpaying.

See the matrix for attorneys’ fees per the US Attorney’s Office as of 2003 at the link below. $200/hour falls between 1-3 and 4-7 years experience. If I’m Donald Rumsfeld or Paul Wolfowitz, I might want a lawyer with a bit more experience.

I can’t find updated information, but would be willing to bet their rates haven’t gone down in the past 8 years. Some of the big name firms in DC are now charging over $1000/hour.

http://www.justice.gov/usao/dc/Divisions/Civil_Division/Laffey_Matrix_3.html


59 posted on 02/26/2011 8:30:19 AM PST by EDINVA
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I totally agree with your post, and I’ll go even further.

They will pay $200 per hour knowing that Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz require better attorneys than that, given the charges and their stature...and the fact that they’ve been publicly demeaned so badly that it would be hard to find a jury who doesn’t have an opinion already.

They are throwing them to the wolves if those two don’t pay very heftily out of their own pockets...not only for high priced attorneys, but for PR firms, as well.


60 posted on 02/27/2011 12:06:15 AM PST by dixiechick2000 ("First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win." - Gandhi)
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To: D-fendr
I think with a terrorist suing them, Holder saw a conflict of interest.

Hasn't Padilla been defended by Holder's law firm...???

61 posted on 02/27/2011 12:33:00 AM PST by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance On Parade)
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