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Gonzales addresses ABA, urges support for Bush agenda

[JURIST] US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales [official profile] addressed lawyers attending the annual meeting of the American Bar Association [group website] Monday, arguing for support of several controversial legal issues on the Bush administration's agenda. Gonzales urged the group to endorse Supreme Court nominee John Roberts as strongly as it had when Bush named him to a federal appeals court by giving him the top rating of "well-qualified." He also asked for the ABA's backing in the war on terror, though the group has pushed for probes into alleged torture incidents [JURIST report] in the past. The group has also come out against some aspects of the Patriot Act [JURIST news archive], including access to library and medical records, but Gonzales argued that these were important investigative tools that would not be misused by the government. Read the full text of Gonzales' speech. Tuesday's Chicago Sun-Times has more.

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