Get Ready for Obama's Department of 'Extreme' Justice

During Attorney General Eric Holder's confirmation hearings, Democratic senators questioned him about the claimed "politicalization" of the Justice Department in the Bush administration. I could only smile with amusement when Holder promised that he would "restore" the supposed nonpartisanship of the Justice Department. Of course, what he really meant was restoring the primacy of radical, liberal politics in much of the key decision-making at the Department of Justice. I have little doubt that he will succeed in this endeavor, given the backgrounds of President Obama's other nominees for leadership posts at Justice. Indeed, virtually every nominee to date is far to the left of the legal mainstream.

Expecting nonpartisanship from Eric Holder is a bit much. Holder helped Bill Clinton sell a pardon to fugitive Mark Rich for the large contributions made by Rich's wife to the Clinton library, the president's legal defense fund, Hillary Clinton, and other Democratic campaigns. Rich had fled the U.S. (giving up his citizenship) one step ahead of an indictment in what prosecutors described as "the biggest tax-fraud case in the history of the United States." As former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy says, the Rich pardon "was one of the most disgraceful chapters in the history of the Justice Department."

Holder also pushed the pardons of 16 unrepentant and violent Puerto Rican terrorists who had not even sought clemency. The FALN had carried out 130 bombings and murdered six people. As Dick Morris observed, these pardons were granted in an apparent attempt to help Hillary Clinton's Senate campaign in New York, which has a large number of Puerto Rican voters.

All of these pardons were made against the recommendations of the prosecutors involved in the cases, against the recommendations of Justice's pardon attorney, and in violation of basic Justice Department guidelines. I guess there is no "politicalization" involved when you are benefiting Democratic officeholders and candidates.

Who has Obama nominated to fill the number two position that Eric Holder held in the prior administration? His nominee for deputy attorney general is David Ogden, another lawyer from the Clinton Justice Department. Ogden has represented clients like Penthouse and PHE (the nation's largest distributor of hardcore pornography) in numerous obscenity cases, opposing any attempts to limit the production and distribution of pornography. Ogden opposed pornography filters in public libraries and fought requiring pornographers to verify that their models were over 18. He seems to believe that not only should children have access to pornography in public libraries, but they should be able to make it, too. Even more disturbing, he has argued repeatedly that there should be virtually no limits on abortion and has been a leading opponent of parental notification in abortion cases. In fact, he argued in a brief that abortion rarely causes any psychological or emotional problems -- abortion provides women with "feelings of relief and happiness."