Friday, January 26, 2007

I Know It's Arkansas, But

The lawyer of a reputed crack dealer in Little Rock is challenging the appointment of Bush toadie Timothy Griffin as US Attorney. John Hall says that because Griffin was appointed using a little known provision in the Patriot Act that allows for an end run around Senate confirmation, the appointment is unconstitutional.

I'd have to guess that the prosecution's case is a slam dunk for Hall to take this tactic. I did find this interesting from his motion though. From TPM Muckraker:

Conceivably, under the Attorney General’s interpretation of his appointment power in § 546(c), an incompetent or a blatantly politically appointed U.S. Attorney could hold office like this for seven and a half years, or even longer, assuming the President is re-elected, without ever facing Senate confirmation over his or her qualifications.

Um, when did we go to eight year presidential terms?

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