Monday, April 25, 2011

The Attorneys who were Defending DOMA has Backed Out of Case!


Juicy, juicy! The firm King and Spalding has decided NOT to defend DOMA in court! This is a huge turn of events, sending a super strong message to the GOP and haters.

Here's more from Politico:
King and Spalding Chairman Robert D. Hays, Jr., whose partner Paul Clement was to lead the defense, said in a statement through a spokesman, Les Zuke:

Today the firm filed a motion to withdraw from its engagement to represent the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group of the House of Representatives on the constitutional issues regarding Section III of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act. Last week we worked diligently through the process required for withdrawal.

In reviewing this assignment further, I determined that the process used for vetting this engagement was inadequate. Ultimately I am responsible for any mistakes that occurred and apologize for the challenges this may have created.

The statement is silent on the reasons for the decision, but the firm faced protests at its Atlanta office and a national campaign against it. And now the House majority may have to find a new lawyer.
But there's more, kids. The superstar lawyer, Paul Clement, has resigned from the firm.
 
PPM153 Clement resignation letter

2 comments:

Eric Arvin said...

Awesome.

Bob said...

Apparently Clement resigned so he could take the case on himself.
Still, it does send a message about the inequality of DOMA.