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January 02, 2008



What a bizarre decision. Alan Morrison is a very respected and experienced Supreme Court advocate. It is always possible to consider changing lawyers for an argument. But this change seems to have been done for purely personal and political reasons. (I can see, for instance, the value of bringing in a conservative to argue what is generally seen as a liberal cause -- but neither Tom Goldstein nor Walter Dellinger fits that mold. And no offense to Todd Kim, but it is truly bizarre to consider a person with no high-court experience as an option for an argument this high-profile.)

This looks to me like an instance of the District sabotaging its own litigation position, purely so that Fenty/Nickles can achieve petty personal ends.

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