Nora Dannehy for Attorney General of the United States

Legal Times reports that: (see 2nd paragraph under the heading Gonzos in the article entitled “Lawyers Angling For Administration Jobs,” by Joe Palazzolo, David Ingram and Brian Katkin, Legal Times, November 17, 2008)

In an op-ed published in Politico last month, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and ranking member Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) wrote that the next attorney general should “be someone with an overarching commitment to the law and to justice.” That sentiment was followed by this one: “Both of us were before we were elected to the Senate, and we understand that the rule of law and the principles of justice are larger than politics and should operate without partisanship.”

The qualities that Senators Leahey and Specter are looking for in the next Attorney General describe Nora Dannehy, United States Attorney for Connecticut.  Were she appointed Attorney General the message to and about the Department of Justice would be clear: “the rule of law and the principles of justice are larger than politics and should operate without partisanship.”  USA Dannehy is smart, indefatigable, trustworthy, and experienced.  She has a reputation for thoroughness and fairness and excellence.  She has no personal agenda we are aware of.  She does not seek the limelight.  She does seek justice.  She would be a quiet, admirable and credible symbol of what the Department of Justice should be and of what it has largely been except when led by men too familiar with and interested in politics and no experience with law enforcement or justice under law. We do not know whether USA Dannehy is a democrat, republican or independent.  Whatever her politics may be, if any, we trust her.

We recommend Nora Dannehy to President-elect Obama and to Senators Leahey and Specter for Attorney General of the United States.