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Peter Fitzgerald
The myth of nonpartisan U.S. attorneys

When Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) introduced fired U.S. attorney David Iglesias at Tuesday's Judiciary Committee hearings, he noted that, among other attainments, Iglesias had served as the inspiration for the Navy lawyer played by Tom Cruise in "A Few Good Men."Iglesias, who displayed enough screen presence to play himself should "A Few Good Prosecutors" sequel get made, was a dream witness for Democrats who believe that eight U.S. attorneys were recently purged for sinister reasons. Iglesias seemed to embody the ideal of nonpartisan justice, tarnished when Sen. Pete Domenici had the gall to telephone Iglesias to ask about the "time frame" of an election-year investigation of a prominent...

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