Return of Justice

January 5, 2009 at 3:29 pm | Posted in Department of Justice | Leave a comment
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Dawn Johnsen, President-Elect Obama’s nominee for the position of Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC):

“In short, OLC must be prepared to say no to the President…. If the President desires only a rubberstamp, OLC will have to struggle mightily to provide an effective check on unlawful action. In addition to being prepared to say no, therefore, the assistant attorney general for OLC and other top Department of Justice officials must also be prepared to resign in the extraordinary event the President persists in acting unlawfully or demands that OLC legitimize unlawful activity.”

In February 2008 Ms. Johnsen wrote a guest post at IntLawGrrls titled “On Investigation of Post-9/11 Waterboarding” that you might find of interest.

There are additional published writings by her which can be accessed through her faculty profile page at Maurer School of Law where she is a professor and fellow (click on photo above).

Hilzoy has some observations.


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