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Fun With LexisNexis: DOJ aide breaks the law using Nexis.com

I'm not going to comment on politics here or what I think about former Atty General Alberto Gonzales. A few days back, the Justice Department released a new report saying that some folks illegally influenced which judges and lawyers got hired.

The report is long, but there's a nugget detailing how the search darling of every reporter, LexisNexis, helped implicate the folks who are now in big trouble. It appears as though they used a standard search string for every candidate that went something a little like this:

[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!

Yeah, you guessed it. No gay, intoxicated racists with a tie to Kerry or Enron who also had an abortion and owned a gun made it to the first round of interviews. See starting p. 26 of the Justice Dept. report here for all the gory details. My favorite part? The aides spent a bunch of time inventing search strings to dig up dirt on themselves. Reads like an afternoon soap opera!

(Via Dr. Brian, husband.)


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