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Confirmation hearing set for professor

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The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled a confirmation hearing for 2 p.m. Feb. 25 for Indiana University Maurer School of Law - Bloomington professor Dawn Johnsen. President Barack Obama nominated her for the position of assistant attorney general for the Office of Legal Counsel.

The hearing will take place in Room 226 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C., and will be available as a Web cast. If the committee votes in favor of her nomination, the full Senate will vote on her confirmation.

Johnsen served on Obama's transition team and in the Clinton administration as acting assistant attorney general from 1997 to 1998, and as deputy assistant attorney general from 1993 to 1996 in the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel.

She has been with the law school since 1998. She teaches constitutional law, including a course on Congress, the president, and the courts; and sexuality, reproduction, and the Constitution. She has received national attention for papers she has written that are against policies of the Bush administration. Some of her research papers - and recommendation letters - are available on the Judiciary Committee's Web site.

Also scheduled for a confirmation hearing at the same time is David S. Kris, who has been nominated to be assistant attorney general, National Security Division.

Indiana Lawyer will offer future coverage of Johnsen's nomination process.

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  1. Someone off their meds? C'mon John, it is called the politics of Empire. Get with the program, will ya? How can we build one world under secularist ideals without breaking a few eggs? Of course, once it is fully built, is the American public who will feel the deadly grip of the velvet glove. One cannot lay down with dogs without getting fleas. The cup of wrath is nearly full, John Smith, nearly full. Oops, there I go, almost sounding as alarmist as Smith. Guess he and I both need to listen to this again: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRnQ65J02XA

  2. Charles Rice was one of the greatest of the so-called great generation in America. I was privileged to count him among my mentors. He stood firm for Christ and Christ's Church in the Spirit of Thomas More, always quick to be a good servant of the King, but always God's first. I had Rice come speak to 700 in Fort Wayne as Obama took office. Rice was concerned that this rise of aggressive secularism and militant Islam were dual threats to Christendom,er, please forgive, I meant to say "Western Civilization". RIP Charlie. You are safe at home.

  3. It's a big fat black mark against the US that they radicalized a lot of these Afghan jihadis in the 80s to fight the soviets and then when they predictably got around to biting the hand that fed them, the US had to invade their homelands, install a bunch of corrupt drug kingpins and kleptocrats, take these guys and torture the hell out of them. Why for example did the US have to sodomize them? Dubya said "they hate us for our freedoms!" Here, try some of that freedom whether you like it or not!!! Now they got even more reasons to hate us-- lets just keep bombing the crap out of their populations, installing more puppet regimes, arming one faction against another, etc etc etc.... the US is becoming a monster. No wonder they hate us. Here's my modest recommendation. How about we follow "Just War" theory in the future. St Augustine had it right. How about we treat these obvious prisoners of war according to the Geneva convention instead of torturing them in sadistic and perverted ways.

  4. As usual, John is "spot-on." The subtle but poignant points he makes are numerous and warrant reflection by mediators and users. Oh but were it so simple.

  5. ACLU. Way to step up against the police state. I see a lot of things from the ACLU I don't like but this one is a gold star in its column.... instead of fighting it the authorities should apologize and back off.

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