Thursday, January 10, 2008

When the "check" in "Checks & Balances" bounces

from a story in the NYT linked on Truthout (which is the link I'll use, as I'm anti-NYT):
When the top federal prosecutor in New Jersey needed to find an outside lawyer to monitor a large corporation willing to settle criminal charges out of court last fall, he turned to former Attorney General John Ashcroft, his onetime boss. With no public notice and no bidding, the company awarded Mr. Ashcroft an 18-month contract worth $28 million to $52 million.

That contract, which Justice Department officials in Washington learned about only several weeks ago, has prompted an internal inquiry into the department's procedures for selecting outside monitors to police settlements with large companies.
Oh boy, another "inquiry" -- just what we need. I'm sure they'll get to the bottom of this oh-so-coincidental appointment. I'm sure it's not at all a conflict of interest, a prime example of BushCo cronyism, or unethical! Phew, glad we got that settled.

Oh, and I included the cover of "Let the Eagle Soar"'s great book, subtitled "Securing America and Restoring Justice." How's that for irony?


FranIAm said...

What?!?? That is so wrong. And so not surprising.

Although in the light of Gonzalez, Ashcroft looked good. Sort of. No not really.

Mary Ellen said...

Yup...another inquiry that will go nowhere. I wonder if we'll ever have a justice system we can trust? I have the feeling that once it's broken, it can't be put back together again, the Humpty Dumpty theory.

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

For the last time, it's not corruption or cronyism when they do it.

dguzman said...

Well, Fran, I mean--he at least looked semi-competent compared to Gonzo. Crazy, but semi-competent.

ME--I know. And Chimpy has still another year to put more crony judges into position.

Monkey--oh THAT'S right. I forgot! oopsie.