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January 26, 2011
RIAA Continues DoJ Takeover
The RIAA's legal wrecking crew continue to assimilate the US Department of Justice
. In their latest move, Donald Verrilli Jr. has been nominated by Obama
as the nation’s Solicitor General
The SG is the person appointed to argue the government's side in cases before the US Supreme Court, as well as the usual level of supervision and direction of cases you'd see in a high-level appointment. The SG rarely sets policy but by virtue of how cases are argued and in which cases amicus briefs are filed, the SG can be a powerful voice for shaping policy.
If you know Verilli's name before now it's probably because of his involvement first in MGM v Grokster and most recently in the ludicrous battle by Viacom against YouTube. I'm not even going to mention his tangential involvement in the Jammie Thomas fiasco series.
While I'm sure Verilli will have plenty of matters to argue during his term in office besides intellectual property, I find myself incredulously wondering why Obama seems unable to find any worthy prosecutors outside the RIAA's dogpen to appoint. Surely the US legal community contains scholars and experienced attorneys willing and qualified to take on the top jobs in the DoJ. Far be it from me to suggest that these appointments could be influenced by such trivial matters as who is giving the most money to whom in which political campaigns.
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