Tuesday, December 11, 2007

One Year Later: the Fired U.S. Attorneys

How are the fired U.S. Attorneys doing?

A year later, most have landed on their feet, in law partnerships or private-sector jobs where their compensation dwarfs government pay. Some carry scars from the experience. Six of the attorneys marked the anniversary of their firings at a private dinner in San Diego 10 days ago, where they toasted one another for persevering.

"The great irony of this is, it has hardly tarnished any of our reputations," said Paul Charlton, the former U.S. attorney in Phoenix, who hosted the reunion.

Charlton, now a partner in a Phoenix law firm, says that as a group, the attorneys have fared much better than the department officials who orchestrated their demise.

Meanwhile, Alberto Gonzales has a legal defense fund in his name. Gonzo is facing potential perjury charges. There is the question if Gonzales pressed the U.S. Attorney to prosecute Democrats to help Republican candidates.

It is interesting that lawyers fired for not being loyal Bushies have a brighter future than the most loyal Bushie.

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