Just desserts for a job incompetently done. And yet another sign that the Bush administration’s partisan-charged handling of the Justice Department was highly unpopular in even the most conservative legal circles.
Alberto R. Gonzales, like many others recently unemployed, has discovered how difficult it can be to find a new job. Mr. Gonzales, the former attorney general, who was forced to resign last year, has been unable to interest law firms in adding his name to their roster, Washington lawyers and his associates said in recent interviews.
He has, through friends, put out inquiries, they said, and has not found any takers. What makes Mr. Gonzalesâ€™s case extraordinary is that former attorneys general, the governmentâ€™s chief lawyer, are typically highly sought. […]
The greatest impediment to Mr. Gonzalesâ€™s being offered the kind of high-salary job being snagged these days by lesser Justice Department officials, many lawyers agree, is his performance during his last few months in office. In that period, he was openly criticized by lawmakers for being untruthful in his sworn testimony. His conduct is being investigated by the Office of the Inspector General of the Justice Department, which could recommend actions from exonerating him to recommending criminal charges. Friends set up a fund to help pay his legal bills.
I expect Alberto will land in a conservative think tank somewhere. Because that’s one of the only places where his brand of hack lawyering will be appreciated.