Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Good riddance to a partisan U.S. attorney

Score one for the rule of law as a Gonzales/Bush/fire-breather gets shown the door. From the NY Times:
The embattled United States attorney in Minnesota announced on Monday that she would step down to go to work at the Justice Department in Washington on legal policies.

The announcement by the prosecutor, Rachel K. Paulose, 34, was made after reports of new staff turmoil in her office. At least one senior lawyer resigned on Friday from his management post in a protest over Ms. Paulrose’s leadership. Three other managers left their administrative jobs in April, also in protest.
That's the charitable news report. Let's let Scott Horton spell it out as only he can, with a certain je ne sais quoi:
To hear 34-year-old Rachel Paulose tell it, she is the victim of a campaign launched by persons involved in the white slave trade. A more realistic assessment would be to say she is the victim of her own misconduct. Today the Department of Justice announced that Paulose had stepped down as U.S. Attorney in Minneapolis in order to take up a job at Main Justice. This occurred shortly after Minnesota’s Republican Senator Norm Coleman, who first supported and then was publicly critical of Paulose, paid a call on Attorney Gener Mukasey to discuss his concerns about conditions in the Minneapolis U.S. Attorney’s office. As Paul Kiel summarizes
She was the focus of an Office of Special Counsel investigation into whether she’d discriminated against office employees, including allegedly using the words “fat,” “black,” “lazy” and “ass” in remarks to one employee. And that was after four top attorneys in the office voluntarily demoted themselves in protest of Paulose’s Bible-quoting management style.
In addition she was under investigation for mishandling classified documents and taking retaliatory actions against a colleague who pointed that out to her.

And the mood in the U.S. Attorney’s office in Minneapolis? It’s described as “quiet but celebratory.” (emphasis added)
Don't let the door hit you on the way out...small victories to note after seven years of incredible partisan deviation from dispassionate justice.