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August 27, 2007

Suggestions (with a sentencing focus) for the new AG?

Perhaps SL&P readers have ideas for who should replace Alberto Gonzales as AG.  Use the comments if you have any great suggestions.  Both realistic and unrealistic ideas are welcome, but they should be thoughtful (or at least funny).

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Breyer. He seems to chafe at the constraints his current job places on policymaking, and, important to this blog, he knows a lot about sentencing.

Posted by: | Aug 27, 2007 10:28:38 AM

McLovin for AG!

Seriously though, who could make it through the confirmation process? Chertoff has more baggage than the carousel at LAX. Bush would have to get someone like Sandra Day O'Conner whose integrity is beyond reproach.

Posted by: JJ | Aug 27, 2007 10:38:36 AM

(From a committed democrat):

David Levi. Conservative leaning former district court judge with an outstanding reputation. Just left the federal judiciary to take the deanship at Duke.

Posted by: PWH | Aug 27, 2007 10:50:40 AM

Lynne Abraham. She's a Dem and tough.

Posted by: federalist | Aug 27, 2007 10:58:02 AM

How about me? The down side: I'm just beginning my 2nd year of law school, I have no prosecution experience, and I have essentially no interest in criminal law except for the constitutional restrictions on the police powers of the state and federal governments.

But for positives, I've never perjured myself, lied to Congress, endorsed torturing human beings, conspired to violate the 4th amendment, argued in support of the war in Iraq, the "war on drugs" and I've never locked up a bunch of innocent kids in INS detention camps.

Chertoff? Really? Why not pick Jenna? She'd be just as good.

Posted by: tekel | Aug 27, 2007 11:55:02 AM

I am very tough. Why? It is easy.

As AG I would randomly select people for persecution, and under my leadership other people would construct a state which provided a moral-sounding justification for it.

Anyone that disagrees with my choice of persecution targets is 1) soft; 2) soft on crime; 3) pro crime; 4) liberal; and 5) in favor of technicalities.

Posted by: S.cotus | Aug 27, 2007 12:56:07 PM

The problem is that the person nominated to be AG has to be loyal to President Bush. His treatment of his loyal supporters has not been that great so I suspect that barrel is near empty.
He is unlikely to nominate someone who will appoint a special council to investigate matters he does not want investigated. The Senate would like to see such investigations so the road to confirmation is mined.

Posted by: JSN | Aug 27, 2007 2:07:46 PM

The logical candidate for the job is Paul Clement.

Posted by: ohwilleke | Aug 27, 2007 2:13:52 PM

1. Jeralyn at TalkLeft.
2. Our host.

Posted by: George | Aug 27, 2007 2:53:44 PM

George, I hope the rampaging throng of newly-released felons heads for your house before they head for mine.

Posted by: anonymous | Aug 27, 2007 5:51:08 PM

Since the current Manhattan DA, Fred Thompson, may be stumbling in his still unannounced Presidential bid--he may be the perfect former Senator for the job of AG.

Posted by: ward | Aug 29, 2007 1:27:20 AM

Since the current Manhattan DA, Fred Thompson, may be stumbling in his still unannounced Presidential bid--he may be the perfect former Senator for the job of AG.

Posted by: ward | Aug 29, 2007 1:27:52 AM

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