Stephen Bainbridge, UCLA School of Law: "Cruising around the blogosphere, one notes proposals that John Ashcroft be replaced by as Attorney General such legitimate luminaries as Randy Barnett or Fred Thompson. Sorry, guys. Blogospheric prognostication has proved fallible. Bush just went with the conventional wisdom pick: White House counsel Alberto Gonzales. No real surprise there. [...]

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Michael Froomkin, University of Miami School of Law: "he White House may be thinking of White House counsel Alberto R. Gonzales as the next Attorney General. That would be the same Gonzales who is up to his eye teeth in not just the torture memos, but also the idea that the US can unilaterally decide [...]

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Larry Ribstein, University of Illinois College of Law: "The SEC announced yesterday rulemaking initiatives aimed at so-called "self-regulatory organizations" such as stock exchanges. These include specific proposals to change the rules on ownership, governance, reporting and transparency by these organizations. The governance proposal would, consistent with many other SEC moves, require more independent directors. The [...]

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Jeff Cooper, Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis: "According to John Ashcroft, "he objective of securing the safety of Americans from crime and terror has been achieved,". Well, I feel better. Actually, I do feel better knowing that Ashcroft will shortly be leaving DOJ. There may not have been a terrorist attack in the US [...]

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Douglas Berman, Moritz College of Law, Ohio State University: "I suspect we will see stories in the days ahead about Ashcroft's legacy, and I suspect most of those stories will focus on the "war on terror."  However, from my sentencing-centric perspective, I think the Ashcroft Justice Department's perceived "war on judges" — represented most tangibly [...]

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