He is out of his mind. And so are the people who voted for him.
This is in addition to the nine lawyers working in the DOJ who've represented Gitmo detainees (now tasked with
West, a high-powered San Francisco lawyer whose clients have ranged from
corporate giants to "American Taliban" John Walker Lindh, has been nominated by
President Obama as an assistant attorney general in charge of the Justice
Department's Civil Division.
West, 43, an Oakland resident, met
Obama in 2004 at the Democratic National Convention and was one of his finance
co-chairs in California last year, when the campaign raised a record $65 million
in the state.
A graduate of Harvard University and Stanford Law School,
West worked as a Justice Department attorney under President Bill Clinton, a
federal prosecutor in San Francisco and an assistant state attorney general
before becoming a litigator at San Francisco's Morrison & Foerster in
While representing companies in civil and criminal cases,
he has also served as a lawyer for Mark Klein, the former AT&T technician
who testified that the telecommunications company was sharing customers' phone
calls and e-mails with federal agents in the Bush administration's electronic
He also took part in the defense of
Lindh, the Marin County man who was a 20-year-old Taliban soldier in Afghanistan
when he was captured in November 2001. Lindh pleaded guilty in 2002 to serving
in the Taliban army and carrying weapons and was sentenced to 20 years in
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