United States attorneys are supposed to be nonpartisan and beyond favoritism. But we have already seen how federal prosecutors appointed by the Bush administration used their offices to help Republicans win elections. Congress needs to ensure that they are not using their positions to throw patronage to friends and political allies.
President Seems To Have Hard Time Abiding By Law
By his deeds you shall know him; preemptive war, torture and wiretapping, for starters.
He has governed with threats -- and by nourishing fear in the American people.
But it is no joke that he has found ways to circumvent the constitutional restraints of his office with signing statements and secret directives.
Bush also has been able to execute his power grab by playing the fear card -- and with hardly a peep from a cowed Congress.
Tennessee's next trial court judge might be a prison company executive who has less courtroom experience than most inmates.
Puryear has spent the bulk of his legal career at the Tennessee-based Corrections Corporation of America, the nation's largest private prison company. As its general counsel since 2001, Puryear has made millions of dollars working for a company that profits from the country's incarceration boom, particularly through his recent sale of more than $3 million worth of the company's stock.
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