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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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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 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 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 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.
(11) Instead, Bush lawyers vigorously defended all of Clinton's actions, including those in the designation of the Utah monument that involved the illegal backdating of a presidential letter in order to escape the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
Furthermore, Bush lawyers had good reason to go to federal court: Gore's hand-recount request should have been denied by state courts because there was no proof of "misconduct, fraud, or corruption on the part of any election official or any member of the canvassing board," as required by Florida's contest statute.20 The only thing the Gore team could prove was the incompetence of thousands of its own supporters.
Neither Antonin Scalia nor Clarence Thomas recused themselves from the decision, though the former's son works for Bush lawyers Theodore Olson's law firm and the latter's wife collects resumes for the Bush administration.