Sometimes you just have to scratch your head.
Nathan Koppel, in an article at the Wall Street Journal’s online site, finds it odd that a former Bush administration attorney is now in private practice arguing against a prosecutor who fabricated evidence in a murder suit. A similar piece at law.com, by Tony Mauro, proclaims that, “To Build Practice, Ex-Bush [Solicitor General] Embraces Liberal Clients.”
Now, I’m not exactly a conservative, but I make common cause with conservatives all the time. Many of my best friends are conservative, and so are some of my best ideas. So I ask you: Since when is defending a wrongfully convicted man against a lying, unjust prosecutor any more “liberal” than “conservative”?
Does conservatism really mean letting governments cook up evidence to throw innocents into prison?
And yet both of these writers characterized former Solicitor General Paul Clement as somehow liberal and un-conservative for “embracing” — yes — “liberal clients.”
Well, a hug was involved. But if a lawyer ably defended you against a malign, immoral agent of the state, mightn’t you offer a hug?
Embraces aside, the issue at hand is neither conservative nor liberal. Americans — of any party — oppose injustice. Right?
This is not a matter of left-right disagreement. Or party politics. Or, even, America vs. other nations. It’s simple justice.
This is Common Sense. I’m Paul Jacob.