Every Single One: The Politicized Hiring of Eric Holder’s Criminal Section
All ten new hires to the Justice Department's Criminal Section have far-left resumes -- which were only released following a PJMedia lawsuit. (This is the tenth of a series of articles about the Justice Department's hiring practices since President Obama took office. Read parts one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, and nine.)
September 14, 2011 - 12:00 am
Tona Boyd: Ms. Boyd is another Honors Program hire. Before joining the Section following a clerkship with the ultra-liberal Roger Gregory of the Fourth Circuit (who, as many readers will recall, received a recess appointment from President Clinton and was later nominated by President Bush as an unreciprocated olive branch to Democrats in an effort to reach détente in the judicial nominations war), she interned for the ACLU National Racial Justice Project, served as the Racial Justice Chair of the Black Law Students Association, and co-chaired the Jena Six Symposium Conference at Harvard Law School, the contents of which must be seen to be believed (e.g., “Suvall advocated a restorative justice model for school discipline”).
In addition to these activities, Ms. Boyd was a member of the executive board of the ACLU, was elected vice-president of the Harvard Law School Democrats, and served on the Executive Board of the Harvard chapter of the liberal American Constitution Society. While serving as an editor of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, she wrote an article titled “Confronting Racial Disparity: Legislative Responses to the School-to-Prison Pipeline,” in which she argued that tough law enforcement policies against violent youth should be abandoned, because they tend to “cast too wide a net, failing to differentiate between gangs and other group criminal activity, and could exacerbate the problem of disproportionate minority contact.”
The current Civil Rights Division, with its open embrace of racially selective law enforcement, must be nirvana.
Cindy Chung: Ms. Chung had some experience as an assistant district attorney prior to joining the Criminal Section, but it was no doubt her active membership in the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund and clerkship for the extremely liberal Judge Myron Thompson that really impressed Civil Rights Division hiring officials. Or perhaps it was her service as managing editor of the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law, which describes its mission as “publish[ing] interdisciplinary works related to feminism and gender-related issues with the aim of promoting dialogue, debate, and awareness around an expansive view of feminism embracing women and men of different colors, classes, sexual orientations, and cultures.” Either way, Ms. Chung demonstrates how the liberal litmus test lands six-figure jobs in a depressed lawyer job market.
Fara Gold: Characterized by her law school alumni magazine as an “idealist, in and out” who successfully avoided becoming a “realist” during law school, Ms. Gold arrived in the Section after working as a sex crimes prosecutor in Florida. During her undergraduate days, she worked as a counselor at a rape crisis center in Georgia and vowed thereafter to spend her life helping victims. She writes that she contemplated going into social work but ultimately felt that she could assist victims more effectively as a prosecutor.
Henry Leventis: Mr. Leventis joined the Section after serving as the New Hampshire regional field director for Democratic Senator Chris Dodd’s 2008 presidential campaign.
Carroll McCabe: Ms. McCabe was hired into the Section after spending her entire career as a personal injury and criminal defense attorney, concentrating the bulk of her time representing murderers facing the death penalty. Although a number of her community activities have been conspicuously redacted from her resume by the Department of Justice, her capital defense practice as well as her membership in both the American Trial Lawyers Association and the Organization of Hispanics and Latin Americans of Anne Arundel County on her resume served as the ticket to admission.
Saeed Mody: Mr. Mody is another liberal activist hired into the Section as a career civil servant. While a law student at the University of Texas-Austin, he served as vice-president of the Muslim Student Lawyers Association and worked in the criminal defense clinic. He also clerked for the Texas Civil Rights Project, where he assisted the NAACP in suing the Austin Police Department for alleged brutality. Any law enforcement official who is interviewed by Mr. Mody should bear that fact in mind next time he claims he is just interested in getting at the truth.
As an undergraduate at UT-Austin, he served as co-chair of the campus Palestine Solidarity Committee.
Ryan Murguia: Mr. Murguia joined the Section straight out of law school as part of the attorney general’s Honors Program. But he has an impressive partisan and Democratic pedigree. Most prominently, he headed the Illinois chapter of Young Latino Professionals for Obama in 2008. He also received scholarships from the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) as well as the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. Needless to say, those awards are not given to conservatives.
Mr. Murguia also comes from a very prominent Democratic family. His uncle is a federal district judge in Kansas who was appointed to the bench by President Clinton. His aunt Mary was appointed to the federal district court in Arizona by President Clinton, and was recently elevated to the Ninth Circuit by President Obama. His other aunt, Janet, is the president of the National Council of La Raza (translation: The Race), serves on the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, and served as deputy assistant to President Clinton at the White House. She’s a major player in national Democratic circles.
Sometimes who you know is as important as what your politics are in getting a job at this DOJ.