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Ashcroft resignation triggers praise, criticism

[JURIST] The late Tuesday announcement of Attorney General John Ashcroft's resignation (previously reported in JURIST's Paper Chase) prompted differing responses Tuesday and Wednesday from interest groups and lawmakers around the country, reflecting a sometimes divisive reign as the country's top law enforcement official. The conservative American Center for Law and Justice praised Ashcroft for providing "exceptional guidance" during his tenure, while the ACLU called on President Bush to appoint a more moderate attorney general willing to roll back parts of the Patriot Act. AP has more reactions to the announcement. CNN has more.

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