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PJI holding federal attorneys accountable

Becky Yeh - California correspondent   ( Monday, December 03, 2012

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.

Dacus, Brad (PJI)PJI 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 marriage law.

"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.

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