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Tuesday, May 16, 2006 

Straight from the Luttig's Mouth

It appears that Michael Luttig has not been pleased with some of the press coverage surrounding his recent retirement. This Law.com article details the former judge's anger...
...he called Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to make it abundantly clear that his on-the-bench objections to the Justice Department's handling of the Jose Padilla case played no role in his resignation.

"The Padilla case had nothing whatsoever to do with my decision to leave the court -- nothing at all," Luttig told Legal Times on May 12.
The Wall Street Journal article didn't explicitly say that he retired because of the case, but it is reasonable to draw that conclusion from reading it. I think it's good that Luttig did his best to clear the air and try to mend some bridges with the White House. Regardless of no longer being a sitting judge, I think he would be a great Supreme Court Justice in a few years.

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