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Justice to Pay for Lawyer to Defend Former Atty. Gen. Alberto Gonzales

Alberto Gonzales brought some shame to  his position as the country’s Attorney General. Now the country has agreed to pay for his digressions.

By Marisa Taylor
McClatchy Newspapers

Former A.G. Alberto Gonzales

Former A.G. Alberto Gonzales

WASHINGTON– The Justice Department has agreed to pay for a private lawyer to defend former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales against allegations that he encouraged officials to inject partisan politics into the department’s hiring and firing practices.
Lawyers from the Justice Department’s civil division often represent department employees who’re sued in connection with their official actions. However, Gonzales’ attorney recently revealed in court papers that the Justice Department had approved his request to pay private attorney’s fees arising from the federal lawsuit.
Dan Metcalfe, a former high-ranking veteran Justice Department official who filed the suit on behalf of eight law students, called the department’s decision to pay for a private attorney rather than rely on its civil division “exceptional.”
“It undoubtedly will cost the taxpayers far more,” he said.

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