A California attorney contends that a U.S. attorney is among
many who must be held accountable for switching sides and going
against the clients they once defended.
The Pacific Justice Institute (PJI) has filed a
complaint with the State Bar of California against U.S. Attorney
Melinda Haag, asserting that federal attorneys litigating a case
challenging the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) tried to "sabotage
the case" and "prejudice" defendants.
President Brad Dacus explains that the federal attorneys initially
defended DOMA, then switched sides after Attorney General Eric
Holder and President Obama chose to no longer defend the federal
"There can be little doubt that government lawyers filed papers
with the court calculated to render judgment against their own
clients," Dacus submits. "We have solid evidence to prove this. The
actions of these federal lawyers turn our adversarial system on its
head, and we at the Pacific Justice Institute have every intent to
hold them completely accountable."
PJI's NoWayDOJ campaign aims to hold more
than 30 U.S. Department of Justice attorneys accountable for
their actions against their defendants (see earlier story). Complaints are being filed
in ten jurisdictions, including California, New York, Pennsylvania,
Massachusetts and Illinois.