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March 12, 2010



It wasn't his job to gather the briefs?? HA!
It certainly was his job to account for every one of them regardless of who was the
aid designated to collect the briefs. This is the data used to determine the very qualifications for an attorney general position. The lack of or failure to file the briefs is very possibily deliberate and
an investigation is warranted and required.

Cindy Apfel

This really hurts the Attorney General in two ways: his failure to disclose the briefs and the contents of the briefs themselves. His theory in the Padilla brief of "acceptable risk" in the ability of the government to obtain information from terrorists is very troubling.


This administration has far too many coincidences to be coincidental - if you know what I mean...


Knowingly withholding pertinent information isn't ethics even to the common man! Lawyers get away with anything by twisting a lot of words; but -- the reality is that everyone knows this is not transparent and bodes ill for justice at the highest level!

E. Lawrence Barcella, Jr.

Any Judiciary staffer or first year lawyer can run a Lexis or Westlaw check and find the information. It's a reflection on the inadequacy of everyone's due diligence, but for the Republican Senators to make a big deal about what is clearly inadvertant should be more embarrassing to them than to Holder.


Even if you don't think the Supreme Court practice question calls for the brief (and I believe that it does), Holder responds to the question "I have participated as an amicus party in three amicus briefs" and then lists three briefs where he participated as amici curiae. Why would he provide those three briefs and not the others?

Amicus Ingram

They are only "missing" if the questionnaire calls for briefs where one serves as an amicus curiae and not as counsel to an amicus, which does not appear to be the case since the question begins, "Describe your Supreme Court practice," and serving as a friend of the court is not "practice" as an attorney. Nonlawyers do it all the time and aren't engaging in unauthorized practice.

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