Published on March 10, 2010 | by LawNews
Prof. Monroe Freedman in the Los Angeles Times
Professor Monroe H. Freedman was quoted in the following LA Times article.
A silly smear on the Justice Department
March 8, 2010
This is a manufactured and silly “scandal.” Providing legal representation even for the guilty is in the finest traditions of this country’s legal system. And it’s not at all uncommon for Justice Department lawyers to have worked in areas that overlap with what they do in government service. As legal ethicist Monroe Freedman has noted, it’s no more improper for lawyers who represented detainees to join the Justice Department than it was for Thurgood Marshall, the legendary civil rights litigator and future Supreme Court justice, to serve President Lyndon B. Johnson as solicitor general. (Under ethics rules, Obama’s appointees may not participate in particular matters involving previous clients.)