Eric Holder vs. New Coke

by Kathryn Jean Lopez

Many in the last day have been outraged by King & Spalding’s decision to throw the law, its commitment to a client, and one of its partners under the bus (to use an overused phrase) —  likely due to corporate-client pressure. Even Attorney General Eric Holder — the guy who won’t defend the law in question, as his job would seem to oblige him to — has come to former Solicitor General Clement’s defense. Josh Gerstein reports

“Paul Clement is a great lawyer and has done a lot of really great things for this nation. In taking on the representation–representing Congress in connection with DOMA, I think he is doing that which lawyers do when we’re at our best,” Holder said during a roundtable with reporters at the Justice Department. “That criticism, I think, was very misplaced.”

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