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Sunday, December 10, 2006

Someone Has Got Some 'Splaining To Do

Lawyers are a funny lot. The good ones take it on the chops for the hundreds of bad ones, and they love to poke fun at themselves with jokes. I know this from personal experience hanging out with my colleagues in our law firm. And when I see stories like this one I don't whether to roll my eyes, or try to find the punchline in this:

Tip Courtesy of Captain's Quarters

A top Air Force lawyer who served at the White House and in a senior position in Iraq turns out to have been practicing law for 23 years without a license.

Col. Michael D. Murphy was most recently commander of the Air Force Legal Operations Agency at Bolling Air Force Base in the District.

He was the general counsel for the White House Military Office from December 2001 to January 2003, and from August 2003 to January 2005. In between those tours, he was the legal adviser to the reconstruction effort in Iraq, an Air Force spokesman said.

Murphy later served in 2005 as commandant of the Air Force Judge Advocate General's School at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Ala.

He was relieved of his command at Bolling on Nov. 30 after the Air Force learned that he had been disbarred for professional misconduct in Texas in 1984 but hadn't informed his superiors, according to Air Force Times, an independent newspaper that first reported the action. It said that his status was discovered in the course of an unrelated review.

Murphy could not be reached for comment yesterday. Don Manuszewski, an Air Force spokesman, said that it would be inappropriate to comment because the matter is under investigation.

Murphy's exposure is the second major embarrassment to Air Force lawyers in recent years. In 2005, Maj. Gen. Thomas J. Fiscus, then the service's top lawyer, was demoted to colonel and subsequently retired after he was found to be having inappropriate relationships with subordinates.

This is disgusting, and it makes me question who is vetting these people. This man had been disbarred for 23 years, yet no one caught the fact that he had lost his license to practice? Look, the kids are outstanding when it comes to issues of jurisprudence. There are few I know of who are smarter than the two of them when it comes to Constitutional issues, and neither of them are lawyers. Marcie is on her way to becoming one (she will head off to law school next year), and Thomas is considering the idea of joining her despite the fact that he already has his Master's degree.

The kids deserve the shot to be what they want to be, and they have the tenacity and talent to achieve those goals.

But this guy leave me speechless. He never bothered to inform his superiors, and tno one in the DoD or the Pentagon discovered this? This is a humiliating revelation for the military, and for the White House. He did serve as counsel for the White House, and no matter who is president, this man shoul dhave been caught doing what he knew he wasn't legally allowed to do. I am forced to agree with Mr. Morrissey--someone's head should roll over this one, and not just Col. Murphy's. Additionally, Col. Murphy should be facing some serious prosecution from the military over his fradulant behavior. It is anything but honorable to withhold this sort of information from his superiors.

Sabrina McKinney


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