Poor research skills at DOJ
July 29, 2008 at 4:06 PM
The ongoing saga at the Justice Department continues today with the release of the LexisNexis search string aides of Ms. Goodling's were using to vet potential candidates. The LexisNexis search not only reflects the ideological biases of the department, it also demonstrates a profound ignorance of LexisNexis. A DOJ report, released yesterday, finds that Ms. Goodling violated federal law in her hiring practices. Ms. Goodling is a graduate of Regent University, a law school founded in 1978 by TV evangelist Pat Robertson. There are some 150 graduates of Regent presently serving in the DOJ.
Here is the LexisNexis search string that was released today:
[first name of a candidate] and pre/2 [last name of a candidate] w/7 bush or gore or republican! or democrat! or charg! or accus! or criticiz! or blam! or defend! or iran contra or clinton or spotted owl or florida recount or sex! or controvers! or racis! or fraud! or investigat! or bankrupt! or layoff! or downsiz! or PNTR or NAFTA or outsourc! or indict! or enron or kerry or iraq or wmd! or arrest! or intox! or fired or sex! or racis! or intox! or slur! or arrest! or fired or controvers! or abortion! or gay! or homosexual! or gun! or firearm!
Report faults aides in hiring at Justice Department -- NY Times (via WestLaw)
Monica Goodling: Poor Lexis Researcher -- ZeifBrief (USF Law Library)
OLC told me I could do it -- Balkanization