Power and Politics - I am Not the Yellow Peril

The life and times of an Asian American activist who tells all the truth (and dishes news and analysis) but with a leftwards slant.

Friday, April 27, 2007

Fmr. US Attorney Carol Lam honored

As Attorney of the Year by the San Diego County Bar Association. The Bar Ass'n claims that it's non-political, but

The background is that Lam was one of 8 US Attorneys fired nationally by Republicans in the Department of Justice for not being enough of a partisan hack. (She is a registered Republican btw...or was. I'd switch parties after being treated like this.)

She conscientiously did her job and prosecuted white collar criminals. She came under attack when she DID HER JOB and investigated former Republican Congressman Duke Cunningham for his acceptance of over $1 million in bribes and for his involvement with disgraced GOP uber-lobbyist Jack Abramoff. The official line is that she was fired for not hunting down enough undocumented immigrants (cos the GOP would rather prosecute those who have very little money rather than their corporate cronies) but she was one of eight outstanding and highly qualified individuals who had been given very high reviews from the DOJ.

Anyway, it's nice to see a fair and impartial APIA woman getting her due, even though she lost her job. We need more public servants like her in high positions.

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