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Ethics and Musical Chairs

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The current issue of Engage has two articles regarding ethical issues arising from professional transitions.  Ronald Rotunda has this article entitled, Judicial Disqualification When a Solicitor General Moves to the Bench.  Also, Edwin Williamson and Richard Painter have a reprint of their March 2010 Weekly Standard article, DOJ's Ex-Detainee Lawyers: The Ethics Issue.  The reprinted article is followed by this Epilogue:

We have not done any additional research since the original publication of this article. We do note, however, the nearly disastrous outcome of DOJ's decision to try detainee Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani in a civilian court and wonder if the poor judgment reflected in that decision and the conduct of his trial reflects the influence of the ex-detainee lawyers. If it does, it adds more heat to the controversy as to whether those lawyers should have been banned from  participating in the disposition of the Guantanamo detainees.

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Undoubtedly, the poorest judgment emanated from that most influential of all ex-detainee lawyers-the Attorney General himself.

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