Wednesday, July 20, 2005

   I suppose the same controversy of professional capacity vs. personal views would be presented with any nominee who had been a governmental legal authority-elected or otherwise. Attorneys general are in a particular contretemps, because, just as one represents a state, one also acts as the "peoples' lawyer," and has jurisdiction to sue one's own client, which, in Illinois, became painfully familiar under Roland Burris. In an e.g. more analogous to Roberts's situation, Mary Lee Leahy, who is African American(and the first female to serve as g.c. to an Illinois governor) unsuccessfully represented the Walker administration in a civil rights suit, and then, in private practice, brought Routan against the Thompson administration.

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