Wednesday, June 25, 2008

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT REJECTED APPLICATIONS FROM YOUNG LAWYERS WITH DEMOCRATIC TIES

JERRY SEPER, WASH TIMES Top Justice Department officials looking to hire a generation of conservative entry-level lawyers rejected candidates who interned for Hill Democrats, clerked for Democratic judges, worked for liberal causes or otherwise appeared to have liberal leanings, a report said Tuesday.

Even summa cum laude graduates of Yale and Harvard were rejected for interviews because they were said to have a liberal bias, including one who spoke out against the nomination of Samuel A. Alito Jr. to the Supreme Court, according to a joint report by the Justice Department's Office of Inspector General and the Office of Professional Responsibility.

One Harvard graduate, rated as a successful intern in the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, was rejected because she worked as an intern at Planned Parenthood.

A summa cum laude Harvard graduate was rejected because she worked for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton. A student who was in the top 5 percent of his class at Cleveland State Law School was rejected because he had worked for Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich, Ohio Democrat.

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