Sunday, December 11, 2005

AP: Politics rule at Justice Department

Mark Sherman of the AP reports: "Political appointees in the Justice Department have overruled career workers at least three times on high-profile matters, including a Georgia law requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls.

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales says that is what appointees are paid for: to consider the advice of professional staff and then exercise their best judgment.

Bush administration critics say the cases fit a pattern of allowing political considerations to trump sound policy.

In two of the three cases, the department gave its blessing to Republican-backed changes to state election laws despite strongly worded and lengthy opinions from the government's civil rights lawyers that the changes unfairly would affect minorities."


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