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bush lawyer

n
1. (Plants) any of several prickly trailing plants of the genus Rubus
2. informal a person unqualified in the law who claims competence in it
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Noun1.bush lawyer - stout-stemmed trailing shrub of New Zealand that scrambles over other growth
bramble bush - any prickly shrub of the genus Rubus bearing edible aggregate fruits
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78 'Bandits maintained few if any relationships with colonial officialdom'; the term pokrol (as in pokrol bambu for a 'bush lawyer' or legal advisor) is consistently given as 'prokol' (an over-accurate back-reading from the Dutch procureur).
An early sign of the split came in 2007 when Katyal, one of the legal heroes in the fight for detainee rights, co-authored an op-ed in The New York Times with former Bush lawyer Jack Goldsmith, who was responsible for retracting the legal rationale for the "enhanced interrogations." Katyal and Goldsmith argued that Congress should "establish a comprehensive system of preventive detention that is overseen by a national security court composed of federal judges with life tenure." The national-security courts would resemble the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Courts that grant the government wiretap authority--they would have access to classified information and be able to grant or reject the government's authority to detain an individual, based on the evidence presented.
Bush lawyer Ted Olson's judiciary-bashing argument to the Supreme Court and James Baker's furious rhetoric reveal how Bush may well emerge indebted to the most conservative and divisive elements of his party.
Bush lawyer Barry Richard argued:."There is not a single shred of evidence to show that any voter was denied the right to vote."
Obama got new lawyers, much more clever than the old Bush lawyers with their jejune theory that the president is an elected king who can violate the law with impunity simply by reciting the magic jingle "commander-in-chief." Throughout Power Wars, Obama's attorneys come up with more refined and baroque arguments that reach the same result.
effort to stop a crusading Spanish judge from investigating a torture complaint against former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and five other senior Bush lawyers.
Indeed, in this short essay, I will argue that this increasingly fervent insistence on criminal punishment of the Bush lawyers for their legal advice is both wrong-headed and dangerous.
The Left has attacked him for keeping Bush's military tribunals (even if reformed); for refusing to prosecute the Bush lawyers who drafted the memos reclassifying torture as legal; and for refusing to publish torture photos, because of the fear that they would arouse anti-American sentiment.
The left has attacked him for his preventive detention policy, for keeping Bush's military tribunals (albeit reformed versions thereof); for refusing to prosecute the Bush lawyers who drafted the memos reclassifying torture as legal; and for refusing to publish torture photos, because of the fear that they would arouse anti-American sentiment.
The Bush lawyers were the torturers' necessary partners, whose work was intended to ensure legal impunity.
Yet no one who reads their argument that the threat of imminent drowning caused by waterboarding does not reach the level of "prolonged mental harm" which the Bush lawyers argue is necessary to constitute torture, can doubt that torture is precisely what the CIA had been permitted and encouraged to carry out.