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February 5, 2009


On Monday, NPR's All Things Considered reported that attorney Leslie Hagen was finally rehired after being wrongfully fired under the Gonzales regime.

Her dismissal was over an unsubstantiated rumor that Ms. Hagen was a lesbian. It was carried out in violation of an executive order issued by President Clinton, and left in place by President Bush, that prohibited discrimination based on sexual orientation.

However, using the sleazy tactics that the Gonzales Justice Department has become famous for, the firing was never directly attributed to Hagen's supposed lesbianism. But since then, the Justice Department's own inspector general corroborated that she was, indeed, fired because of that rumor. And based on her glowing performance reviews, there could have been no other reason.

According to the NPR report:

Last year, the Justice Department posted Hagen's old job again. The department conducted a national search. Applications came in from around the country. After several rounds of interviews, Hagen eventually won the job.

The paperwork makes it official as of Monday, Feb. 2. Hagen now has her old position back, but this time it's a little different. Her contract no longer comes up for renewal every year. Now, the job is permanent.

Unfortunately, nobody from the DOJ has ever officially apologized for what happened to her. She also still owes thousands of dollars in attorney fees which, so far, the Justice Department has refused to pay. But Hagen and her attorney are hopeful that the new attorney general will take a different view.

Let's hope they do.