Friday Roundup

May 11, 2007

Leaked e-mails, which were not disclosed to Congressional investigators, reveal that White House political advisor Karl Rove played an active role in the replacement of at least one U.S. Attorney.

Similarly, two of the fired U.S. Attorneys told an audience of law students and professors that they believe the orders to fire them came from the White House, and that they believe criminal charges will eventually be filed in this matter.

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales told the House Judiciary Committee that he "hadn't really thought about" habeas corpus.

Voters in five Indiana precincts were turned away from the polls earlier this week because their polling places failed to open on election day.

In honor of an executed man, homeless shelters are being given thousands of dollars worth of pizza by individual donors.  The inmate had requested that, in lieu of his last meal, a pizza be given to a homeless person, but the prison refused to honor this request.

FairVote criticizes Governors Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-CA) and Linda Lingle (R-HI) for "either gross manifestations of gubernatorial sloth or deliberate displays of public disinformation" in their veto messages accompanying their rejections of National Popular Vote bills.  The vetoed bills would have entered California and Hawai'i into an interstate covenant (pending the approval of Congress and states equally 270 electoral votes) that would effectively eliminate the Electoral College and allow the President to be chosen directly by voters.

Fifth Circuit nominee Judge Leslie Southwick faced difficult questions yesterday from Senators concerned about his record on racial justice and GLBT rights.  Judge Southwick once held that a state social worker could not be fired because she described an African-American co-worker as an offensive word begining with the letter "n."  He also joined an opinion arguing that people who "choose . . . the homosexual lifestyle" are less fit to raise children than straight parents.

Finally, some unsolicited advice to our law student members.  Don't write a note like this:

Dear Prof. AWB,

I was in your British Literature class in the fall of 2006, and for that class, you gave me a grade of C. I need to have a better grade for this class. As far as I know, I got an 86 on the first paper, and I didn’t complete the second assignment. I don’t know what I got on the final essay or exam.

I would like for you to change my grade to at least a B. If this means I must complete the second assignment, I will attempt to set aside time to do so. Please address this matter immediately.

Thank you,