More than a dozen new DOJ lawyers come from private firms representing Guantanamo Bay detainees, creating potential conflicts of interest as the agency begins its review of about 245 detainees. Conflict-of-interest issues are common in new administrations, but Guantanamo poses a singular challenge due to the sheer scope of legal work. About 150 separate law firms, federal public defender offices, law school clinics and nongovernmental organizations have been involved in detainee litigation.
Some Justice Department Lawyers Have Gitmo Conflicts
March 2, 2009