Saturday, March 8, 2008

U.S. Attorney Firings -- The Book

Former U.S. Attorney David Iglesias of New Mexico, one of the seven (or eight or even nine) federal prosecutors fired by the Department of Justice in 2006, will be publishing a book, "In Justice," that discusses his career and the process by which he and the others were terminated.  In the fashion of other tell-all books that leak certain details to pique our interest, a story in the McClatchey Newspapers (here) reveals that Iglesias spoke with U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton of the Western District of Texas, the head of the U.S. Attorneys committee and a close ally of the President, to see if he could intercede to save Iglesias' job.  According to Iglesias, Sutton said that his name was on a list, and that the firings were "political."  While not exactly earth-shattering, the fact that Sutton was shown the list and acknowledged the political nature of the decision shows how the decision-making process was tainted.  Prior to being fired, Iglesias received a call from New Mexico Senator Pete Domenici questioning the slow progress of a corruption case involving a Democrat official, and complained about the case not moving forward quickly enough before the 2006 election.  Iglesias was fired less than two months later.  There are sure to be further disclosures from the book until its release in a few months.  I can't wait for the movie, and I wonder who will play Alberto Gonzales, Monica Goodling, Carol Lam, Kevin Ryan, and the rest of the crew.  Iglesias was the model for Tom Cruise's role as a Navy lawyer in "A Few Good Men," but he may not be right for the part this time.  Suggestions are welcome. (ph)

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Emilio Estavez for Alberto. I don't think he's ever played a Texan before.

Posted by: yolanda holtzee | Mar 7, 2008 7:49:31 PM

I look forward of purchasing Mr. Iglesias. And it is disturbing and not surprising that there were other USAs that either bailed out or were fired that kept silent. The career of an attorney is no different from a career in corporate America. There are still cut throats and yet politics. But, the White House and Attorney General's role in the firings of the U.S. Attorneys are still disturbing. What a shame for Iglesias to find out that his own colleague knew that he was on a target list of firings. But, you know who your friends are. I applaud all of the U.S. fired Attorneys for their excellent work in public service and most importantly speaking out on the cesspool of muck within the Department of Justice. We all hope that the integrity of the Department of Justice is restored.

As far as the portrayal of the main players in the Attorney firings in a movie, Fredo can be portrayed by actor/commedian George Lopez. Sara Taylor can play herself since she did so well in her trainwreck testimony to the Senate committee. An U.S. Attorney firing scandal movie would be more of a comedy than a tragedy. The Senate hearings with the key players in the USA firing scandal was priceless. Would love to see which actor would portray former USA Bradley Scholtzman. His voice sounded like Alvin the Chipmunk.

Finally, Satan can portray Dick Cheney. But, then again, Satan may turn down the part. Actor Willem Dafoe can portray Cheney.

Posted by: SP Biloxi | Mar 7, 2008 10:08:36 PM

Emilio Estevez for Alberto!

Posted by: No Fan of Alberto's | Mar 8, 2008 5:46:34 AM

"Emilio Estevez for Alberto!"

Good one! But, make sure Emilio takes some memory loss pill in his role since Fredo gave his memorable 70 + "I can't recall" testimony with the Senate committee.

Posted by: SP Biloxi | Mar 8, 2008 9:17:34 PM

I recall that "I can't recall" testimony very well.

Can't wait to get a copy of that book. I plan on purchasing several to distribute to friends who also found Alberto's testimony to be hilarious.

FD: they aren't major league baseball players, either

Posted by: No Fan of Alberto's | Mar 10, 2008 10:24:56 AM

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