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July 09, 2010

Lawyer Who Defended 'American Taliban' Now Heads DOJ Suit Against Arizona

Tony West, assistant U.S. attorney general

Lawyer Who Defended 'American Taliban' Now Heads DOJ Suit Against Arizona

FOX News

The federal prosecutor tasked with quarterbacking the Obama administration's high-profile case against Arizona's immigration law is no stranger to controversy or the limelight.

Justice Department attorney Tony West is a member of the so-called "Gitmo 9" -- a group of lawyers who have represented terror suspects.

West, the assistant attorney general for the department's Civil Division, once represented "American Taliban" John Walker Lindh, a controversial move that West feared would derail his political ambitions and helped delay his nomination to the department for three months in 2009.

He helped negotiate a 20-year sentence for Lindh, an American citizen who was 21 years old when he was captured in Afghanistan in 2001. Under the deal, Lindh avoided a life sentence by pleading guilty to serving in the Taliban army and carrying weapons, and the government dropped its most serious charges, including conspiracy to kill Americans and engaging in terrorism.

Now West will lead the U.S. effort to block Arizona's immigration law from its July 29 implementation. The law makes it a crime to be in the state without immigration papers and requires police to determine whether suspects are in the country legally -- a provision that critics say will promote racial profiling and is unconstitutional.

Wild Thing's comment........

What also ticks me off is our taxes pay this horrible person's salary. So wse are paying him to do this suit against AZ. GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR

Posted by Wild Thing at July 9, 2010 06:47 AM


Just another black liberationist o'vomit punk.

Posted by: cuchieddie(Enemy of the State) at July 9, 2010 08:00 AM

Hate America! Democrats will give you a job doing more of it!

Posted by: Anonymous at July 9, 2010 08:14 PM