Justice choices indicate strong shift in policies

The four Justice Department appointees named Monday by President-elect Barack Obama “signal a sharp break from the legal policies of the last eight years,” writes Eric Lichtblau in the New York Times.

The four nominees are David Ogden as deputy attorney general, Elena Kagan as solicitor general, Thomas Perrelli as associate attorney general and Dawn Johnsen as head of the Office of Legal Counsel.

Lichtblau wrote, “A Harvard law professor who is an adviser to Mr. Obama on legal issues, Laurence H. Tribe, predicted in an interview that Ms. Johnsen, as head of the Office of Legal Counsel, and Ms. Kagan, as solicitor general, would be particularly forceful in challenging the broad claims to executive authority asserted by the Bush administration.” He quoted Tribe as saying, “I’ll be very surprised if they don’t freshly re-examine some of the positions the previous administration has taken.”

You can read Lichtblau’s piece here.

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