Charlie Savage has an article in today’s New York Times focusing on the politicization of the civil service process that selects the nation’s immigration judges. The use of a political litmus test for the conservatism of Department of Justice applicants surfaced last summer in
… two scathing reports confirming that for several years administration officials illegally took political affiliation into account when hiring recent law school graduates, summer associates, some assistant prosecutors and immigration judges.
The culprits in this twisted, and illegal, vetting process were the assistant to the Attorney General, Kyle Sampson, and two former White House flunkies, Monica Goodling and Jan Williams. The story about the disparities in adjudication of asylum cases surfaced in a Stanford Law Review report last Spring (which I covered at the time.)