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Did the Justice Department Fire Prosecutor Because She Is a Lesbian?

Timothy Kincaid

April 2nd, 2008

The Justice Department under former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales operated in such a manner as to invite questions about its hiring and firing policies. While to date such questions have been about whether prosecutors were fired for partisan or ideological reasons, now NPR is raising questions as to why Leslie Hagen, by all accounts an ideal prosecutor and a loyal Republican, was let go.

So, what was Goodling’s problem with Hagen?

The Justice Department’s inspector general is looking into whether Hagen was dismissed after a rumor reached Goodling that Hagen is a lesbian.

We know that the Justice Department under both John Ashcroft and Alberto Gonzales was discriminatory against its gay employees, disallowing them to meet on the same terms as other employee groups. We also know that the current Attorney General, Michael Mukasey, appears less hostile to gay citizens and employees. Let’s hope that if heterosexuality has been used as a prerequisite to employment in the past, those responsible are brought to scorn and equal opportunity be made the rule for the rest of Mukasey’s term.



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