Wednesday, December 12, 2007

America's Lawyer of the Year - Alberto Gonzales!

I guess that makes Paul Wolfowitz "strategist of the decade." No but seriously, The Guardian reports that the American Bar Association Journal has picked Mr. Torture himself its lawyer of the year for 2007.

"The ABA Journal also picked Attorney General Michael Mukasey - Gonzales' successor - to be its lawyer of the year for 2008 because he has to deal with the problems left when Gonzales resigned under fire last fall.

"Qualifications for the title were not immediately clear. But the ABA Journal's picks, which will be published in its January issue, appear to award lawyers who spent a lot of time in the media spotlight.

"`The top legal story of 2007 was unquestionably the unraveling of support for the Bush administration's expansive view of presidential power during wartime, and with it, the slow-motion destruction of Alberto Gonzales' reign as U.S. attorney general,'' according to a statement issued Wednesday by the ABA Journal.

"'Add to that the controversy over whether the administration fired eight U.S. attorneys for political reasons, and no single lawyer made more news in 2007 than Gonzales,'' the magazine said."

Only in America.


Anonymous said...

You should at least note that nowhere does the article or the ABA recognize Gonzalez as "BEST" Attorney of the Year, just the one that made the most news - which is pretty undeniable.

This isn't much different than the Time naming "Terrorists" or some nasty third world despot as "Man of the Year"

My point is this is apparently not an accolade for Alberto, but rather a dubious notch highlighting his notoriety.

The Mound of Sound said...

You're right. I checked it out and Time has named Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, the Ayatollah Khomeini but that's when they stopped naming anti-American figures (1979).